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Second Skin [electronic resource] : Josephine Baker & the Modern Surface

By: Material type: Computer fileComputer filePublisher number: 9780195387056Publication details: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, 2010.ISBN:
  • 9780199741427
Subject(s): Genre/Form: Additional physical formats: Print version:: Second Skin : Josephine Baker & the Modern SurfaceDDC classification:
  • 700.4112 700/.4112 792.8092
LOC classification:
  • NX456.5.M64 C49 2010
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Contents:
Contents; 1 Her Own Skin; 2 In the Museum; 3 Skins, Tattoos, and the Lure of the Surface; 4 What Bananas Say; 5 Housing Baker, Dressing Loos; 6 Radiant Bodies, Dark Cities; 7 The Woman with the Golden Skin; 8 All That Glitters Is Not Gold (or, Dirty Professors); 9 Ethical Looking; 10 Back to the Museum; List of Illustrations; Notes; Works Cited; Index
Summary: Through the figure of Josephine Baker, Second Skin tells the story of an unexpected yet enduring intimacy between the invention of a modernist style and the theatricalization of black skin at the turn of the twentieth century. Stepping outside of the platitudes surrounding this iconic figure, Anne Anlin Cheng argues that Baker's famous nakedness must be understood within larger philosophic and aesthetic debates about, and desire for, ""pure surface"" that crystallized at the convergence of modern art, architecture, machinery, and philosophy. Through Cheng's analysis, Baker emerges as a central
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Contents; 1 Her Own Skin; 2 In the Museum; 3 Skins, Tattoos, and the Lure of the Surface; 4 What Bananas Say; 5 Housing Baker, Dressing Loos; 6 Radiant Bodies, Dark Cities; 7 The Woman with the Golden Skin; 8 All That Glitters Is Not Gold (or, Dirty Professors); 9 Ethical Looking; 10 Back to the Museum; List of Illustrations; Notes; Works Cited; Index

Through the figure of Josephine Baker, Second Skin tells the story of an unexpected yet enduring intimacy between the invention of a modernist style and the theatricalization of black skin at the turn of the twentieth century. Stepping outside of the platitudes surrounding this iconic figure, Anne Anlin Cheng argues that Baker's famous nakedness must be understood within larger philosophic and aesthetic debates about, and desire for, ""pure surface"" that crystallized at the convergence of modern art, architecture, machinery, and philosophy. Through Cheng's analysis, Baker emerges as a central