Aesthetics of Excess

Aesthetics of Excess

The Art and Politics of Black and Latina Embodiment

  • Author: Hernandez, Jillian
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9781478010050
  • eISBN Pdf: 9781478012634
  • Place of publication:  Durham , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2020
  • Month: September
  • Pages: 317
  • Language: English
Heavy makeup, gaudy jewelry, dramatic hairstyles, and clothes that are considered cheap, fake, too short, too tight, or too masculine: working-class Black and Latina girls and women are often framed as embodying "excessive" styles that are presumed to indicate sexual deviance. In Aesthetics of Excess Jillian Hernandez examines how middle-class discourses of aesthetic value racialize the bodies of women and girls of color. At the same time, their style can be a source of cultural capital when appropriated by the contemporary art scene. Drawing on her community arts work with Black and Latina girls in Miami, Hernandez analyzes the art and self-image of these girls alongside works produced by contemporary artists and pop musicians such as Wangechi Mutu, Kara Walker, and Nicki Minaj. Through these relational readings, Hernandez shows how notions of high and low culture are complicated when women and girls of color engage in cultural production and how they challenge the policing of their bodies and sexualities through artistic authorship.
  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Interlude One
  • One. Reading Black and Latina Embodiment in Miami
  • Two. Sexual-Aesthetic Excess: Or, How Chonga Girls Make Class Burn
  • Three. “Fine as Hell”: The Aesthetic Erotics of Masculinity
  • Interlude Two
  • Four. Rococo Pink: The Power of Nicki Minaj’s Aesthetics of Fakery
  • Interlude Three
  • Five. Encounters with Excess: Girls Creating Art, Theory, and Sexual Bodies
  • Interlude Four
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
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