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日   時: 6月11日(火) 16:50 ~ 18:20
場   所: 青山キャンパス 17号館4階 17409教室
講 演 者 : Daphne Brooks 教授
(Professor of English and African-American Studies at Princeton University)
講演題目: "Run the World":
Black Women in Post-Civil Rights Popular Music Culture

講演要旨:
 This lecture will trace the evolution of cultural aesthetics and socio-political issues in the work of five African-American pop musicians’ careers. By examining the sonic and visual performances of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill and Beyonce, this talk aims to illuminate the central role that black musical women have played in the emergence of post-Civil Rights movement era racial, gender and class identity formations. Indeed, one could argue that, more than anywhere else, popular music culture is the realm in which black women have radically shaped the affective and expressive, as well as the social and political foundations of modern American culture—from the era of the Harlem Renaissance blues queens to the rise of 1960s Motown “girl groups,” from Aretha Franklin’s ground-breaking soul to Donna Summer’s disco fever. But the five artists at the center of this lecture mark a distinct shift from their forebears to the extent that each woman’s repertoire has crucially contributed to the globalization of black popular culture while simultaneously complicating racial, gender and class politics by way of her music. While Houston and Carey each crafted shrewdly complex forms of vocal virtuosity as a means to achieving “crossover,” pop chart dominance, Blige and Hill developed lyrical and sonic templates that grappled with shifting definitions of “blackness” and womanhood in the new millennium. As the reigning pop phenomenon of this new century, Beyonce Knowles is perpetually reimagining and re-orchestrating the role of the popular music heroine by way of richly diverse production standards, sumptuous visual spectacle, and sharply-executed networks of commodification. Taken together, these artists underscore the extent to which sound matters now more than ever before in contemporary cultural representations of black womanhood.

講演者紹介:
 Daphne 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 (Duke University Press, 2006), winner of the 2007 Errol Hill Award for outstanding scholarship in African American Theater Studies, and Jeff Buckley's Grace (New York: Continuum Press, 2005). She is also the editor of The Great Escapes: The Narratives of William Wells Brown, Henry Box Brown, and William Craft (New York: Barnes & Noble Classics, 2007) and the performing arts volume of The Black Experience in the Western Hemisphere, series eds. Howard Dodson and Colin Palmer (New York: Pro-Quest Information & Learning, 2006). Brooks is a contributing writer for The Nation Magazine in which she has published articles on Beyonce, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston. She is currently at work on a new book manuscript entitled Subterranean Blues: Black Women Sound Modernity (Harvard University Press, forthcoming).

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