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Seeing the Unspeakable


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The first book analyzing the artistic production and critical reception of Kara Walker, a young African-American artist whose controversial work deals with unsettling themes of racism.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
1. Tracing Race and Representation 11
2. The "Rememory" of Slavery 37
3. The Lactation of John Brown 67
4. Censorship and Reception 103
5. Final Cut 125
Conclusion 153
Notes 157
Index 187

About the Author

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw is Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Her website provides more information about the author.


"An extremely important work...places this controversial young artist's work firmly in an art historical extraordinary piece of scholarship." Judith Wilson, University of California, Irvine

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