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CONSUMING STORIES: KARA WALKER AND THE IMAGINING OF AMERICAN RACE. Rebecca Peabody. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2016. 208 pp. with 52 ills. (30 col.). 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9780520288928 In English.
Due date: November 2016. Publisher's description: In Consuming Stories: Kara Walker and the Imagining of American Race, Rebecca Peabody uses the work of contemporary American artist Kara Walker to investigate a range of popular storytelling traditions with roots in the nineteenth century and ramifications in the present. Focusing on a few key pieces that range from a wall-size installation to a reworked photocopy in an artist's book, and from a theater curtain to a monumental sculpture, Peabody explores a significant yet neglected aspect of Walker's production: her commitment to exploring narrative depictions of race, gender, power, and desire. Consuming Stories considers Walker's sustained visual engagement with literary genres such as the romance novel, neo-slave narrative, and children's fairy tales, and internationally-known stories including Roots, Beloved, and Uncle Tom's Cabin. Walker's interruption of these familiar works, along with her generative use of the familiar in unexpected and destabilizing ways, reveals the extent to which genre-based narrative conventions depend on specific representations of race -- especially as it is aligned with power, and desire. Breaking these implicit rules makes them visible - and, in turn, highlights viewers' reliance on them for narrative legibility. As this study reveals, Walker's engagement with narrative continues beyond her early silhouette work as she moves into media such as film, video, and sculpture -- and when
Artist(s):Walker, Kara
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 173869
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