Artists, Performers, and Black Masculinity in the Haitian Diaspora

Artists, Performers, and Black Masculinity in the Haitian Diaspora

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Jana Evans Braziel examines how Haitian diaspora writers, performance artists, and musicians address black masculinity through the Haitian Creole concept of gwo negs, or "big men." She focuses on six artists and their work: writer Dany Laferriere, director Raoul Peck, rap artist Wyclef Jean, artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, drag queen performer and poet Assotto Saint, and queer drag king performer Dred (a.k.a. Mildred Gerestant). For Braziel, these individuals confront the gendered, sexualized, and racialized boundaries of America's diaspora communities and openly resist "domestic" imperialism that targets immigrants, minorities, women, gays, and queers. This is a groundbreaking study at the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, nationality, and more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 39 b&w photos
  • 0253219787
  • 9780253219787

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"Energetic, well-argued, and persuasive." -Marjorie Salvodon, Suffolk Universityshow more

About Jana Evans Braziel

Jana Evans Braziel is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati and author of Diaspora: An Introduction and "Caribbean Genesis": Jamaica Kincaid and the Writing of New more

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ContentsIntroduction: Haiti's Transnational Politics of "Big Man-ism"Part 1. Straight, Queer, and Street1. Trans-American Constructions of Black Heteromasculinity: Dany Laferriere, le Negre, and the Late-Capitalist American Racial Machine-desirante2. From Fort Dimanche to Brooklyn: Transnational Regimes of Violence, Duvalierism, and Failed Heteromasculinity in Raoul Peck's Haitian CornerPart 2. Queer Fist3. "Honey, Honey, Miss Thing": Assotto Saint's Drag Queen Blues-Queening the Homeland, Queer-Fisting the Dyaspora4. Drag-Kinging the Dyaspora: Dred Performing Black (Female) Masculinities in Haiti's Tenth DepartmentPart 3. Rapping B(l)ack5. (Rara) Rap Haiti! Wyclef Jean's Chante pwen, Embattled Black Masculinity, and Diasporic Remix as Political Protest6. Trans-American Art on the Streets: Jean-Michel Basquiat's Black Canvas Bodies and Urban Vodou-Art in ManhattanConclusion: Presidential Politics, Haiti's Gwo Negs, and Diasporic Cultural Production as Transnational Political ProtestNotesSelected BibliographyIndexshow more

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