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E. PATRICK JOHNSON

In: The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies

Chapter 25: Black Performance Studies: Genealogies, Politics, Futures

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Black Performance Studies: Genealogies, Politics, Futures
Black performance studies: Genealogies, politics, futures

Performance maps a space in which to theorize the radicalization of what we might call “black performance studies.” Undoubtedly, each of these terms signifies differently and within the specifics of its historicity. Wedded together in dialogic and dialectic tension, however, these terms are at the interstices of black life, politics, and cultural production. “Black” and “performance”: These two tropes complement one another in a dialectic that becomes an ontology of racialized cultural production. “Blackness,” for instance, is a simulacrum until it is practiced—i.e., performed. The epistemological moment of race manifests itself in and through performance in that performance facilitates self- and cultural reflexivity—a knowing made manifest by a “doing.” Far from undergirding an essentialist ...

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