Colonial, Postcolonial, and Diasporic Readings of Josephine Baker as Dancer and Performance Artist

Henderson, Mae Gwendolyn
November 2007
S&F Online;Fall2007/Spring2008, Vol. 6 Issue 1/2, p3
Academic Journal
This article examine Josephine Baker's eroticized and parodized dance performances as a set of mediating, self-constituting and potentially oppositional practices shaped within the context of African American vernacular and diasporic culture. It also establishes Baker's agency as a self-authorizing text and self-constituting subject who is herself liable to diverse and sometimes contradictory and paradoxical readings. It situates Baker in the French cultural and racial imaginary at the moment of her legendary emergence in Paris, France in 1925.


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