Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The discourse of the divine: Radical traditions of Black feminism, musicking, and myth within the Black public sphere (Civil Rights to the present)
by Carter, Issac Martel, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2015, 195; 3730733
Abstract (Summary)

The Discourse of the Divine: Radical Traditions of Black Feminism, Musicking, and Myth within the Black Public Sphere (Civil Rights to the Present) is an exploration of the historical precursors and the contemporary developments of Black feminism in America, via Black female musical production and West and Central African cosmology. Historical continuity and consciousness of African spirituality within the development of Black feminism are analyzed alongside the musical practices of two Black female musicians, Nina Simone and Me’shell Ndegéocello. Simone and Ndegéocello, The High Priestess of Soul and the Mother of Neo-Soul, respectively, distend the commodified confines of Black music and identity by challenging the established norms of music and knowledge production. These artists’ lyrics, politics, and representations substantiate the “Signifyin(g)” elements of West and Central African feminist mythologies and musicmaking traditions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Derrick
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 77/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Black studies, Music, Spirituality, Gender studies
Keywords: Black cosmology, Black feminism, Blues, Musicking, Ndegeocello, MeShell, Simone, Nina
Publication Number: 3730733
ISBN: 978-1-339-17024-4
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