Viral Bodies: Uncontrollable Blackness in Popular Culture and Everyday Life

dc.contributor.advisorMcCune Jr., Jeffrey Qen_US
dc.contributor.advisorFarman, Jasonen_US
dc.contributor.authorPeoples, Gabrielen_US
dc.contributor.departmentAmerican Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-22T05:52:26Z
dc.date.available2016-06-22T05:52:26Z
dc.date.issued2016en_US
dc.description.abstractViral Bodies: Uncontrollable Blackness in Popular Culture and Everyday Life maps rapidly circulated performances of Blackness across visual media that collapse Black bodies into ubiquitous “things.” Throughout my dissertation, I use viral performance to describe the uncontrollable discursive circulation of bodies, their behaviors, and the ideas around them. In particular, viral performance is employed to describe the complicated ways that (mis)understandings of Black bodies spread and are often transformed into common-sense beliefs. As viral performances, Black bodies are often made more visible, while simultaneously becoming more opaque. This dissertation examines the recurrence of viral performances of Blackness in viral videos online, film, and photography/images. I argue that viral performances make products that reinscribe stereotypical notions of Blackness while also generating paths of alterity—which contradict the normalized clichés and provide desirable possibilities for Black performance. Viral Bodies forges a new dialogue between visual and aural technologies, performance, and larger historic discourses that script Black bodies as visually (and sonically) deviant subjects. I am interested in how technologies complicate the re-presentation of images, ideas, and ideologies—producing a necessity for new decipherings of performances of Blackness in popular culture and everyday life.en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M2H493
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/18249
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAmerican studiesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledGender studiesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAfrican American studiesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCritical Race/Ethnicen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledDigital Humanitiesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMaterial Cultureen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNetnographyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledPerformanceen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledVisual Cultureen_US
dc.titleViral Bodies: Uncontrollable Blackness in Popular Culture and Everyday Lifeen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US

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