Rethinking Black German Studies: Approaches, Interventions and Histories

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Tiffany Nicole Florvil, Vanessa D. Plumly
Peter Lang Limited, 2018 - Literary Criticism - 328 pages

Black German Studies is an interdisciplinary field that has experienced significant growth over the past three decades, integrating subjects such as gender studies, diaspora studies, history, and media and performance studies. The field's contextual roots as well as historical backdrop, nevertheless, span centuries. This volume assesses where the field is now by exploring the nuances of how the past - colonial, Weimar, National Socialist, post-1945, and post-Wende - informs the present and future of Black German Studies; how present generations of Black Germans look to those of the past for direction and empowerment; how discourses shift due to the diversification of power structures and the questioning of identity-based categories; and how Black Germans affirm their agency and cultural identity through cultural productions that engender both counter-discourses and counter-narratives.

Examining Black German Studies as a critical, hermeneutic field of inquiry, the contributions are organized around three thematically conceptualized sections: German and Austrian literature and history; pedagogy and theory; and art and performance. Presenting critical works in the fields of performance studies, communication and rhetoric, and musicology, the volume complicates traditional historical narratives, interrogates interdisciplinary methods, and introduces theoretical approaches that help to advance the field.

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About the author (2018)

Tiffany N. Florvil is Assistant Professor of 20th-Century European Women's and Gender History at the University of New Mexico.

Vanessa D. Plumly is currently a lecturer in German in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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