Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness

by Nicole R. Fleetwood


Troubling Vision addresses American culture’s fixation on Black visibility, exploring how Blackness is persistently seen as a problem in public culture and even in Black scholarship that challenges racist discourse. Through trenchant analysis, Nicole R. Fleetwood reorients the problem of Black visibility by turning attention to what it means to see Blackness and to the performative codes that reinforce, resignify, and disrupt its meaning. Working across visual theory and performance studies, Fleetwood asks, How is the Black body visualized as both familiar and disruptive? How might we investigate the Black body as a troubling presence to the scopic regimes that define it as such? How is value assessed based on visible Blackness?

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