Authentic Blackness - Real Blackness explores and explains the idea of authenticity, of keeping it real, as it relates to the multi-faceted meanings of blackness in the United States and the world. Including reflections on hip-hop, comedy, literature, intellectual history, and autobiography, the collection gives both a broad overview of and intervenes in the debates concerning blackness. A comprehensive introductory essay outlines the history of the idea of authentic blackness, while other chapters examine the contours of blackness in Canada and Jamaica; the relationship between middle-class status and real blackness; the link between blackness and hip-hop culture; Dave Chappelle's comedy; and the work of James Baldwin, Countee Cullen, Clarence Major, and John Edgar Wideman as it comments on authenticity in relation to race.
  • ISBN13: 9781433115080
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der W
  • Pubilcation Year: 2011
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00229
SeriesBlack Studies and Critical Thinking
Series Volume Number26
Publication DateMay 31, 2011

Authentic Blackness - Real Blackness: Essays on the Meaning of Blackness in Literature and Culture

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