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From Black to Schwarz; cultural crossovers between African America and Germany.


From Black to Schwarz; cultural crossovers between African America and Germany.

Ed. by Maria I. Diedrich and Jurgen Heinrichs.

Michigan State U. Press


378 pages




The 16 contributions presented here by Diedrich (American studies, Westfilische Wilhelms-U. Munster, Germany) and Heinrich (art history and museum studies, Seton Hall U., US) explore cultural encounters and cultural interplay between African America and Germany in art and literature. Topics include 19th-century German discourses on race and blackness in philosophy and science, encounters with Germany by figures of the Harlem Renaissance, the influence of German portraitists on the aesthetics of Alain Locke, the place of Ernst Krenek's "jazz opera" Jonny spielt auf in conflicting German discourses of race and Americanism, German debates over the adoption of a jazz program at Frankfurt's Hoch Conservatory, Luis Trenker's Der verlorene Sohn as a paradigmatic text in the construction of Germanness as white, John A Williams' Clifford's Blues as an African American Holocaust novel and "postmodern (re)writing of chattel slavery in a European context," and cinematic discourses of race and reconstruction in D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation and Robert Stemmle's Toxi.

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Date:Feb 1, 2012
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