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Description - Artists, Performers, and Black Masculinity in the Haitian Diaspora by Jana Evans Braziel

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 diaspora.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253219787
ISBN-10: 0253219787
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - 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 Worlds.

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