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CONSUMING STORIES: KARA WALKER AND THE IMAGINING OF AMERICAN RACE. Rebecca Peabody. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2016. 216 pp. with 52 ills. (22 col.). 27 x 19 cm. LC 2016-20696 ISBN 9780520288928 In English.
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.
Artist(s):Walker, Kara
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1990 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory — Women Artists, African American Artists
Plans: 71,54,55
Worldwide Number: 173869
Hardcover $49.95    

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