Traveling Texts and the Work of Afro-Japanese Cultural Production analyzes the complex conversations taking place in texts of all sorts traveling between Africans, African Diasporas, and Japanese across disciplinary, geographic, racial, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural borders. Be it focused on the make-up of the blackface ganguro or the haiku of Richard Wright, Rastafari communities in Japan or the black enka singer Jero, the volume turns its attention away from questions of representation to ones concerning the generative aspects of transcultural production. The contributors are interested primarily in texts in motion—the contradictory motion within texts, the traveling of texts, and the action that such kinetic energy inspires in readers, viewers, listeners, and travelers. As our texts travel and travail, the originary nodal points that anchor them to set significations loosen and are transformed; the essays trace how, in the process of traveling, the bodies and subjectivities of those working to reimagine the text(s) in new sites moderate, accommodate, and transfigure both the texts and themselves.
Lexington Books; June 2015
- ISBN: 9781498505482
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- Title: Traveling Texts and the Work of Afro-Japanese Cultural Production
Series: New Studies in Modern Japan
- Author: Bridges, William H., IV (ed.); Nina Cornyetz (ed.); Crystal S. Anderson (contrib.); Michio Arimitsu (contrib.); Bridges, William H., IV (contrib.); Nina Cornyetz (contrib.); Kevin Fellezs (contrib.); Tia-Simone Gardner (contrib.); Yoshinobu Hakutani (contrib.); Noriko Manabe (contrib.); Anne McKnight (contrib.); Yuichiro Onishi (contrib.); Shana L. Redmond (contrib.); Marvin D. Sterling (contrib.); Thomas, Dexter, Jr. (contrib.)
Imprint: Lexington Books
In The Press
Focusing on African-American and Japanese cultural exchange, Traveling Texts provides a refreshing antidote to the ongoing fixation with Japan and the West/ Japan and Asia as the twin poles by which humanities scholars have approached “Japan in the world.” From W.E.B. Du Bois’ meditations on the Japanese victory over Russia in 1905 to the embrace of hip hop a century later, these essays engage critical race studies in order to push readers to rethink the social networks, cultural engagements, and traveling texts that constitute transnational Japan. A provocative and path breaking book.
About The Author
William H. Bridges is assistant professor of Japanese and Asian studies at St. Olaf College.
Nina Cornyetz is associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at the Gallatin School for Individualized Study, New York University.