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Rethinking Black German Studies

Approaches, Interventions and Histories

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Edited By Tiffany N. Florvil and Vanessa D. Plumly

Black German Studies is an interdisciplinary field that has experienced significant growth over the past three decades, integrating subjects such as gender studies, diaspora studies, history, and media and performance studies. The field’s contextual roots as well as historical backdrop, nevertheless, span centuries. This volume assesses where the field is now by exploring the nuances of how the past – colonial, Weimar, National Socialist, post-1945, and post-Wende – informs the present and future of Black German Studies; how present generations of Black Germans look to those of the past for direction and empowerment; how discourses shift due to the diversification of power structures and the questioning of identity-based categories; and how Black Germans affirm their agency and cultural identity through cultural productions that engender both counter-discourses and counter-narratives.

Examining Black German Studies as a critical, hermeneutic field of inquiry, the contributions are organized around three thematically conceptualized sections: German and Austrian literature and history; pedagogy and theory; and art and performance. Presenting critical works in the fields of performance studies, communication and rhetoric, and musicology, the volume complicates traditional historical narratives, interrogates interdisciplinary methods, and introduces theoretical approaches that help to advance the field.

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Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: A catalogue record for this book is available from The British Library, Great Britain, and from The Library of Congress, USA

Names: Florvil, Tiffany Nicole, editor.

Title: Rethinking Black German studies : Approaches, Interventions and Histories / Tiffany N. Florvil and Vanessa D. Plumly (eds).

Description: New York : Peter Lang, 2018. | Series: Studies in Modern German and Austrian Literature ; 7 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2017029893 | ISBN 9783034322256 (alk. paper)

Subjects: LCSH: German literature--Black authors--History and criticism. | Austrian literature--Black authors--History and criticism. | Africans--Germany--Study and teaching. | Africans--Austria--Study and teaching. | Africans--Germany--Music--History and criticism. | Africans--Austria--Music--History and criticism.

Cover Art by patricia vester | spotaday.blog

Classification: LCC PT170.A37 R48 2017 | DDC 830.9/896--dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2017029893

ISSN 2235-3488 ISBN 978-3-0343-2225-6 (print) • ISBN 978-1-78707-851-2 (ePDF) ISBN 978-1-78707-852-9 (ePub) • ISBN 978-1-78707-853-6 (mobi)

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