The End of the Line: Josephine Baker and the Politics of Black Women's Corporeal Comedy

Brooks, Daphne Ann
November 2007
S&F Online;Fall2007/Spring2008, Vol. 6 Issue 1/2, p4
Academic Journal
This article examines the place of the bottom in African American women's comedic corporeal politics and the ways in which people might extend such concept of the bottom to refer not only to the physical body of the African American woman but to other ends that reveal her innovative comedic strategies of gestures and corporeal eccentricities. It considers the ways that dancer Josephine Baker's body perhaps re-oriented the spectacular attention directed at African American female bodies in public spaces.


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