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Africa in the American Imagination: Popular Culture, Racialized Identities, and African Visual Culture

Africa in the American Imagination: Popular Culture, Racialized Identities, and African Visual Culture

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Paperback, Univ Pr of Mississippi, 2013, ISBN13 9781617039478, ISBN10 1617039470
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Paperback, Univ Pr of Mississippi, 2013, ISBN13 9781617039478, ISBN10 1617039470

In the American world, the presence of African culture is sometimes fully embodied and sometimes leaves only a trace. "Africa in the American Imagination: Popular Culture, Racialized Identities, and African Visual Culture" explores this presence, examining Mattel's world of Barbie, the 1996 "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue, and Disney World, each of which repackages African visual culture for consumers. Because these cultural icons permeate American life, they represent the broader U.S. culture and its relationship to African culture. This study integrates approaches from art history and visual culture studies with those from culture, race, and popular culture studies to analyze this interchange. Two major threads weave throughout. One analyzes how the presentation of African visual culture in these popular culture forms conceptualizes Africa for the American public. The other investigates the way the uses of African visual culture focus America's own self-awareness, particularly around black and white racialized identities.

In exploring the multiple meanings that "Africa" has in American popular culture, "Africa in the American Imagination" argues that these cultural products embody multiple perspectives and speak to various sociopolitical contexts: the Cold War, civil rights, and contemporary eras of the United States; the apartheid and postapartheid eras of South Africa; the colonial and postcolonial eras of Ghana; and the European era of African colonization.

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Number of Pages: 263
Original Languages: English
Author: Magee, Carol
Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi
Publication Date: October, 2013
ISBN-13: 9781617039478
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.75 Inches
ISBN-10: 1617039470
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