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Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image
Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was a dancer, singer, actress, author, politician, militant, and philanthropist, whose images and cultural legacy have survived beyond the hundredth anniversary of her birth. Neither an exercise in postmodern deconstruction nor simple biography, Josephine Baker in Art and Life presents a critical cultural study of the life and art of the Franco- ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published April 23rd 2007 by University of Illinois Press
(first published 2007)
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I wasn't sure when I first read the Foreword: "A Luminous Humanism," by Simon Njami in Bennetta Jules-Rosette's book "Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image" whether I'd learn anything significant about the performer, from this book, or not. I'm happy to say that once I finished it I not only learned a lot I was also inspired. Controversial, stylish, proud and courageous the most important lesson I learned from Baker's life was how to take a painful past rife with poverty, hard ...more