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xv, 229 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: the power of algorithms
  • A society, searching
  • Searching for Black girls
  • Searching for people and communities
  • Searching for protections from search engines
  • The future of knowledge in the public
  • The future of information culture
  • Conclusion: algorithms of oppression
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the author.
A revealing look at how negative biases against women of color are embedded in search engine results and algorithms Run a Google search for "black girls"-what will you find? "Big Booty" and other sexually explicit terms are likely to come up as top search terms. But, if you type in "white girls, " the results are radically different. The suggested porn sites and un-moderated discussions about "why black women are so sassy" or "why black women are so angry" presents a disturbing portrait of black womanhood in modern society. In Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem; Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of Internet search engines, leads to a biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of color, specifically women of color. Through an analysis of textual and media searches as well as extensive research on paid online advertising, Noble exposes a culture of racism and sexism in the way discoverability is created online. As search engines and their related companies grow in importance-operating as a source for email, a major vehicle for primary and secondary school learning, and beyond-understanding and reversing these disquieting trends and discriminatory practices is of utmost importance. An original, surprising and, at times, disturbing account of bias on the internet, Algorithms of Oppression contributes to our understanding of how racism is created, maintained, and disseminated in the 21st century. Safiya Noble discusses search engine bias in an interview with USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781479837243 20180409
Green Library
FEMGEN-314-01, PWR-2MFC-02, TAPS-314-01
xiv, 259 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Anatomically speaking: ungendered flesh and the science of sex
  • Trans capable: fungibility, fugitivity, and the matter of being
  • Reading the "trans-" in transatlantic literature: on the "female" within three Negro classics
  • A nightmarish silhouette: racialization and the long exposure of transition
  • Devine's cut: public memory and the politics of martyrdom.
The story of Christine Jorgensen, Americas first prominent transsexual, famously narrated trans embodiment in the postwar era. Her celebrity, however, has obscured other mid-century trans narratives-ones lived by African Americans such as Lucy Hicks Anderson and James McHarris. Their erasure from trans history masks the profound ways race has figured prominently in the construction and representation of transgender subjects. In Black on Both Sides, C. Riley Snorton identifies multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence. Drawing on a deep and varied archive of materials-early sexological texts, fugitive slave narratives, Afro-modernist literature, sensationalist journalism, Hollywood films-Snorton attends to how slavery and the production of racialized gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable. In tracing the twinned genealogies of blackness and transness, Snorton follows multiple trajectories, from the medical experiments conducted on enslaved black women by J. Marion Sims, the father of American gynecology, to the negation of blackness that makes transnormativity possible. Revealing instances of personal sovereignty among blacks living in the antebellum North that were mapped in terms of cross dressingand canonical black literary works that express black mens access to the female within, Black on Both Sides concludes with a reading of the fate of Phillip DeVine, who was murdered alongside Brandon Teena in 1993, a fact omitted from the film Boys Dont Cry out of narrative convenience. Reconstructing these theoretical and historical trajectories furthers our imaginative capacities to conceive more livable black and trans worlds.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781517901738 20180129
Green Library
FEMGEN-314-01, TAPS-314-01
xi, 264 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Green Library
FEMGEN-314-01, TAPS-314-01
573 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Acknowledgments ix Introduction: Ethnoracial Intimacies in Blacktino Queer Performance / E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon H. Rivera-Servera 1 Part I. The love conjure/blues Text Installation / Sharon Bridgforth 21 1. Reinventing the Black Southern Community in Sharon Bridgforth's The love conjure/blues Text Installation / Matt Richardson 62 2. Interview with Sharon Bridgforth / Sandra L. Richards 78 Part II. Machos / Teatro Luna 89 3. Voicing Masculinity / Tamara Roberts 154 4. Interview with Coya Paz / Patricial Ybarra 167 Part III. Strange Fruit: A Performance about Identity Politics / E. Patrick Johnson 179 5. Passing Strange: E. Patrick Johnson's Strange Fruit / Jennifer DeVere Brody 213 6. Interview with E. Patrick Johnson / Bernadette Marie Calafell 229 Part IV. Ah men / Javier Cardona, translated by Micu and Ramon H. Rivera-Servera 243 7. Homosociality and Its Discontents: Puerto Rican Masculinities in Javier Cardona's Ah men / Celiany Rivera-Velazquez and Beliza Torres Narvaez 264 8. Interview with Javier Cardona / Jossianna Arroyo, translated by Ramon H. Rivera-Servera 275 Part V. Dancin' the Down Low / Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. 285 9. Queering Black Identity and Desire: Jeffrey Q. McClune Jr.'s Dancin' the Down Low / Lisa B. Thompson 230 10. Interview with Jeffrey Q. McClune Jr. / John Keene 331 Part VI. Cuban Hustle / Cedric Brown 345 11. Love and Money: Performing Black Queer Diasporic Desire in Cuban Hustle / Marlon M. Bailey 372 12. Interview with Cedric Brown / D. Soyini Madison 387 Part VII. Seens from the Unexpectedness of Love / Pamela Booker 395 13. "Public Intimacy": Women-Loving-Women as Dramaturgical Transgressions / Omi Osun Joni L. Jones 439 14. Interview with Pamela Booker / Tavia Nyong'o 454 Part VIII. Berserker / Paul Outlaw 461 15. What's Nat Turner Doing Up in Here with All These Queers? Paul Outlaw's Beserker-- A Black Gay Meditation on Interracial Desire and Disappearing Blackness / Charles I. Nero 486 16. Interview with Paul Outlaw / Vershawn Ashanti Young 498 Part IX. I Just Love Andy Gibb: A Play in One Act / Charles Rice-Gonzalez 509 17. Learning to Unlove Andy Gibb: Race, Beauty, and the Erotics of Puerto Rican Black Queer Pedagogy / Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes 542 18. Interview with Charles Rice-Gonzalez / Ramon H. Rivera-Servera 555 Contributors 563 Index 569.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822360650 20160808
Staging an important new conversation between performers and critics, Blacktino Queer Performance approaches the interrelations of blackness and Latinidad through a stimulating mix of theory and art. The collection contains nine performance scripts by established and emerging black and Latina/o queer playwrights and performance artists, each accompanied by an interview and critical essay conducted or written by leading scholars of black, Latina/o, and queer expressive practices. As the volume's framing device, "blacktino" grounds the specificities of black and brown social and political relations while allowing the contributors to maintain the goals of queer-of-color critique. Whether interrogating constructions of Latino masculinity, theorizing the black queer male experience, or examining black lesbian relationships, the contributors present blacktino queer performance as an artistic, critical, political, and collaborative practice. These scripts, interviews, and essays not only accentuate the value of blacktino as a reading device; they radiate the possibilities for thinking through the concepts of blacktino, queer, and performance across several disciplines. Blacktino Queer Performance reveals the inevitable flirtations, frictions, and seductions that mark the contours of any ethnoracial love affair. Contributors. Jossiana Arroyo, Marlon M. Bailey, Pamela Booker, Sharon Bridgforth, Jennifer Devere Brody, Cedric Brown, Bernadette Marie Calafell, Javier Cardona, E. Patrick Johnson, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, John Keene, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, D. Soyini Madison, Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr., Andreea Micu, Charles I. Nero, Tavia Nyong'o, Paul Outlaw, Coya Paz, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Sandra L. Richards, Matt Richardson, Ramon H. Rivera-Servera, Celiany Rivera-Velazquez, Tamara Roberts, Lisa B. Thompson, Beliza Torres Narvaez, Patricia Ybarra, Vershawn Ashanti Young.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822360650 20160808
Green Library
FEMGEN-314-01, TAPS-314-01

5. Performance [2016]

xiv, 221 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Preface 1. Framing [Performance] 2. Performance Histories 3. Spect-Actors 4. The New Uses of Performance 5. Performative and Performativity 6. Knowing through Performance: Scenarios and Simulation 7. Artivists (Artist-Activists), or What's to Be Done? 8. The Future(s) of Performance 9. Performance Studies Notes.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822359975 20160619
"Performance" has multiple and often overlapping meanings that signify a wide variety of social behaviors. In this invitation to reflect on the power of performance, Diana Taylor explores many of its uses and iterations: artistic, economic, sexual, political, and technological performance; the performance of everyday life; and the gendered, sexed, and racialized performance of bodies. This book performs its argument. Images and texts interact to show how performance is at once a creative act, a means to comprehend power, a method of transmitting memory and identity, and a way of understanding the world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822359975 20160619
Green Library
FEMGEN-314-01, TAPS-314-01
xi, 234 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm.
  • Her Own Skin -- In the Museum -- Skins, Tattoos, and the Lure of the Surface -- What Bananas Say -- Housing Baker, Dressing Loos -- Radiant Bodies, Dark Cities -- The Woman with the Golden Skin -- All That Glitters Is Not Gold (or, Dirty Professors) -- Ethical Looking -- Back to the Museum -- Acknowledgements -- List of Illustrations -- Notes -- Works Cited.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195387056 20160605
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 artist whose work engages with and impacts various modes of modernist display such as film, photography, art, and even the modern house.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195387056 20160605
Green Library
FEMGEN-314-01, TAPS-314-01
xiii, 297 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm.
  • Subject to display
  • James Luna : artifacts and fictions
  • Fred Wilson : material museology
  • Amalia Mesa-Bains : divine allegories
  • Pepón Osorio : no limits
  • Renée Green : genealogies of contact.
This book offers an exploration of the visual culture of "race" through the work of five contemporary artists who came to prominence during the 1990s.Over the past two decades, artists James Luna, Fred Wilson, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Pepon Osorio, and Renee Green have had a profound impact on the meaning and practice of installation art in the United States. In "Subject to Display", Jennifer Gonzalez offers the first sustained analysis of their contribution, linking the history and legacy of race discourse to innovations in contemporary art. Race, writes Gonzalez, is a social discourse that has a visual history. The collection and display of bodies, images, and artifacts in museums and elsewhere is a primary means by which a nation tells the story of its past and locates the cultures of its citizens in the present.The five American installation artists who are the protagonists of this study have all explored the practice of putting human subjects and their cultures on display by staging elaborate dioramas or site-specific interventions in galleries and museums, creating powerful social commentary of the politics of space or power of display in settings that mimic the very spaces that they critique. These artists' installations have not only contributed to the transformation of contemporary art and museum culture, they have also linked Latino, African American, and Native American subjects to the broader spectrum of historical colonialism, race dominance, and visual culture. From Luna's museum installation of his own body and belongings as "artifacts" and Wilson's provocative juxtapositions of museum objects to Mesa-Bains' allegorical home altars, Osorio's condensed spaces (bedrooms, living rooms; barbershops, prison cells) and Green's genealogies of cultural contact, the theoretical and critical endeavors of these artists demonstrate how race discourse is grounded in a visual technology of display.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262072861 20160528
Green Library
FEMGEN-314-01, TAPS-314-01
xii, 339 p. ; 23 cm.
In "The Hypersexuality of Race", Celine Parrenas Shimizu draws on her own experiences as a Filapina American filmmaker and as a spectator to urge a shift in thinking about sexualized depictions of Asian/American women in film, video, and theatrical productions. Shimizu advocates moving beyond denunciations of sexualized representations of Asian/American women as necessarily demeaning or negative. Arguing for a more nuanced approach to the mysterious mix of pleasure, pain, and power in performances of sexuality, she advances a theory of 'productive perversity', a theory which allows Asian/American women - and by extension other women of colour - to lay claim to their own sexuality and desires as actors, producers, critics, and spectators.Shimizu combines theoretical and textual analysis, her own experiences, and interviews - conducted by herself and others - with artists involved in various productions. She complicates understanding of the controversial portrayal of Asian female sexuality in the popular Broadway play "Miss Saigon" by considering her own reactions to the play as well as the thoughts of some of the actresses in it.She looks at how three Hollywood Asian/American femme fatales - Anna May Wong, Nancy Kwan, and Lucy Liu - negotiate representations of their sexuality; analyzes 1920s and 1930s hardcore yellowface stag films in which white women perform as sexualized Asian women; and, considers Asian/American women's performances in films ranging from the stag pornography of the 1940s to the Internet and video porn of the 1990s. She also reflects on two movies depicting Southeast Asian prostitutes and sex tourism, "The Good Woman of Bangkok" and "101 Asian Debutantes". Examining films and videos made by Asian/American feminists, she describes how female characters in their works reject normative definitions of race, gender, and sexuality through performances of aberrant sexualities.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822340126 20160528
Green Library
FEMGEN-314-01, TAPS-314-01