Troubling Vision

Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness
TitleTroubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorFleetwood, Nicole R.
Number of Pages276
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
CityChicago, IL; London, UK
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN or ASIN Number0226253031
KeywordsGender, Hiphop, Identity, Race, representation of blackness, Sexuality
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Troubling Vision addresses American culture‚Äôs fixation on black visibility, exploring how blackness is persistently seen as a problem in public culture and even in black scholarship that challenges racist discourse. Through trenchant analysis, Nicole R. Fleetwood reorients the problem of black visibility by turning attention to what it means to see blackness and to the performative codes that reinforce, resignify, and disrupt its meaning. Working across visual theory and performance studies, Fleetwood asks, How is the black body visualized as both familiar and disruptive? How might we investigate the black body as a troubling presence to the scopic regimes that define it as such? How is value assessed based on visible blackness?