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Title:Black and Yellow Power: The Intersections of Identity Politics and Literary Study
Author(s):Watkins, Rychetta N.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Parker, Robert Dale
Department / Program:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Abstract:For example, the first chapter, "Who('s)(e) Fanon: Black and Yellow Power and American Appropriations of Colonialism," decodes academic and political appropriations of Fanon and repositions him as a node for Black and Asian American ideological cooperation. These appropriations of colonialism through Fanon led to the development of what I call the "guerilla aesthetic." This guerilla posture or relationship to American colonialism, proved useful as a location for launching political and social critiques of American culture. While this position was first thought of as a political one, the figure of the armed, guerilla fighter soon came to denote a generalized antagonistic relationship towards American society signified by changes in dress, hair, and other cultural practices. This slippage, I argue, is a result of conflations of revolutionary and cultural nationalism which eventually stripped the figure of its ideological and political specificity, leaving this counter-hegemonic identity open to cooptation.
Issue Date:2005
Description:205 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3182420
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2005

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