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Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness

Nicole R. Fleetwood


This book addresses American culture's fixation on black visibility, exploring how blackness is persistently seen as a problem in public culture and even in black scholarship that challenges racist discourse. It reorients the problem of black visibility by turning attention to what it means to see blackness and to the performative codes that reinforce, resignify, and disrupt its meaning. Working across visual theory and performance studies, the book asks: How can the black body can be visualized as both familiar and disruptive? How might we investigate the black body as a troubling presence to ... More

Keywords: black visibility, blackness, visual theory, performative codes, excess flesh, black female artists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226253022
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226253053.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicole R. Fleetwood, author