Transatlantic Cultural Exchange

African American Women's Art and Activism in West Germany

Katharina Gerund

Transcript-Verlag

Transatlantic Cultural Exchange

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Pub Date: May 2013

ISBN: 9783837622737

320 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $55.00

Transatlantic Cultural Exchange

African American Women's Art and Activism in West Germany

Katharina Gerund

Transcript-Verlag

From Josephine Baker's performances in the 1920s to the 1970s solidarity campaigns for Angela Davis, from Audre Lorde as "mother" of the Afro-German movement in the 1980s to the literary stardom of 1993 Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Germans have actively engaged with African American women's art and activism throughout the 20th century. The discursive strategies that have shaped the (West) German reactions to African American women's social activism and cultural work are examined in this study, which proposes not only a nuanced understanding of African Americanizations as a form of cultural exchange but also sheds new light on the role of African American culture for (West) German society, culture, and national identity.

About the Author

Katharina Gerund teaches American Studies at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg where she also coordinates the interdisciplinary doctoral programme "Presence and Tacit Knowledge."