The Last "Darky": Bert Williams, Black-on-Black Minstrelsy, and the African Diaspora

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Price
$32.14
Publisher
Duke University Press
Publish Date
Pages
288
Dimensions
6.28 X 9.28 X 0.7 inches | 0.93 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780822336433

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About the Author

Louis Chude-Sokei is Professor of English and African American Studies at Boston University.

Reviews
"Louis Chude-Sokei's innovative study not only brings overdue attention to Bert Williams. It deepens our understanding of black modernity and redirects the study of minstrelsy as well. A rich, wide-ranging book, it is filled with resonant insights and brilliant collocations."--Nathaniel Mackey, author of Paracritical Hinge
"With theoretical verve and archival aplomb, Louis Chude-Sokei explores an open secret that we too often have preferred to ignore: the central role of black minstrelsy in the origins of the Harlem Renaissance. Starting with the simple fact of Bert Williams's Caribbean origins, he finds the multiple layers of masquerade in any performance of 'race.' A timely, often profound portrait of the dynamics of intraracial difference in diaspora."--Brent Hayes Edwards, author of The Practice of Diaspora