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Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left: A History of the Impossible

Malik Gaines


Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left uses the notion of excess—its transgression, multiplicity, and ambivalence—to consider performances of the sixties that circulated a black political discourse capable of unsettling standard understandings of race, gender, and sexuality. Following a route from the United States to West Africa, Europe, and back, these performances staged imaginative subjectivities that could not be contained by disciplinary or national boundaries. Looking broadly at performances found in music, theater, film, and everyday life, the performers considered brought Marx ... More

Keywords: sixties, performance, black politics, radical, Nina Simone, Ghana, Günther Kaufmann, Sylvester, Efua Sutherland, Ama Ata Aidoo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479837038
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479837038.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Malik Gaines, author
New York University