By Stuart Cosgrove

Detroit67 is the tale of town of Detroit within the such a lot dramatic and inventive yr in its heritage. it's the tale of Motown, the breakup of The Supremes and the implosion of the main winning African-American checklist label ever, set opposed to a backdrop of city riots, escalating struggle in Vietnam and police corruption. The e-book weaves in the course of the yr as counterculture arrives in Detroit and the city's different well-known team the proto-punk band MC5 visit battle with mainstream the US. The yr results in severe felony conflict because the threads that bind Detroit jointly resolve and depart a chaos that scars the town for many years to return.

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Whether generations of Mrs. Luther Nedeeds, whose forgotten documents record their spiritual crises and resultant self-mutilation, or members of the Edwards clan, relying on the magic of the cinema to transport them away from their otherwise banal lives, women use their bodies as commodity, experiment, and weapon. Consequently, each author also reveals how political terror, whether racial or gendered, becomes enacted against the body, and held Introduction 17 within it in the form of psychological trauma: suppressed rage, emotional withholding, and physical self-wounding.

In the next chapter, I examine how this character is positioned in contemporary works of visual art; I thus construct a The Poetics of Late Capitalism and the Black Cultural Imaginary 31 theoretical framework that more comprehensively examines black women’s corporeality and subjectivity in the postmodern era. In the subsequent chapters, I then apply some of those critical insights to fictional narratives focused on twentieth-century black female characters; I thereby illuminate how the performative black body allows the expansion and redefi nition of American identity as syncretic and polyvocal.

The body is a battleground, the site of cultural confl ict and contestation in particular time and space. In other words, the concept of the body provides only the illusion of self-evidence, facticity, “thereness” for something fundamentally ephemeral, imaginary, something made in the image of particular social groups. —Deborah E. McDowell, “Afterword,” Recovering the Black Female Body (301) THE BLACK POSTMODERN: LATE CAPITALISM AND THE REINSCRIPTION OF MODERNITY In her afterword to Recovering the Black Female Body, a multidisciplinary, scholarly anthology on the sociocultural construction of African-American women’s embodiment, Deborah McDowell summarizes her perceptions of the volume’s multifaceted objectives as well as of its varied contributors.

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