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White Rebels in Black: German Appropriation of Black Popular Culture
by Priscilla D Layne
University of Michigan Press, 2018
Cloth: 978-0-472-13080-1 | eISBN: 978-0-472-12383-4
Library of Congress Classification PT149.B55
Dewey Decimal Classification 830.9896

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Analyzing literary texts and films, White Rebels in Black shows how German authors have since the 1950s appropriated black popular culture, particularly music, to distance themselves from the legacy of Nazi Germany, authoritarianism, and racism, and how such appropriation changes over time. Priscilla Layne offers a critique of how blackness came to symbolize a positive escape from the hegemonic masculinity of postwar Germany, and how black identities have been represented as separate from, and in opposition to, German identity, foreclosing the possibility of being both black and German. Citing four autobiographies published by black German authors Hans Jürgen Massaquo, Theodor Michael, Günter Kaufmann, and Charly Graf, Layne considers how black German men have related to hegemonic masculinity since Nazi Germany, and concludes with a discussion on the work of black German poet, Philipp Khabo Köpsell.

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