Kaufman Auditorium Goldwin Smith Hall (April 11th)
Toboggon Lodge (April 12th)
Daphne Brooks (Professor, English and African American Studies, Princeton University)
This talk explores the sonic dramaturgical moves of black women artists who've performed the Gershwins' "folk opera" across the twentieth-century, and it considers the ways in which this racially fraught work has, nonetheless, galvanized legacies of black women's avant-garde musicking from the era of swing to the present day.
SONIC BLUESFACE & BLACK FEMALE PHONOGRAPHY IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION
THURSDAY APRIL 12, 2012
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
38 FOREST HOME DRIVE
Daphne A. Brooks is professor of English and African-American Studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on African-American literature and culture, performance studies, critical gender studies, and popular music culture. She is the author of two books: Bodies in Dissent: Spectacular Performances of Race and Freedom, 1850-1910 (Durham, NC: Duke UP), winner of the Errol Hill Award for Outstanding Scholarship on African American Performance from ASTR and Jeff Buckley's Grace (New York: Continuum, 2005). Brooks is currently working on a new book entitled Subterranean Blues: Black Women and Sound Subcultures--from Minstrelsy through the New Millennium(Harvard University Press, forthcoming).
THE SOCIETY FOR THE HUMANITIES,
THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC,
& FEMINIST, GENDER, & SEXUALITY STUDIES