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Africa in the American Imagination – Popular Culture, Radicalized Identities, and African Visual Culture - University Press of Mississippi
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Africa in the American Imagination: Popular Culture, Radicalized Identities, and African Visual Culture

Carol Magee


In the American world, the presence of African culture is sometimes fully embodied and sometimes leaves only a trace. This book explores this presence, examining Mattel’s world of Barbie, the 1996 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and Disney World, each of which repackages African visual culture for consumers. Because these cultural icons permeate American life, they represent the broader U.S. culture and its relationship to African culture. This study integrates approaches from art history and visual culture studies with those from culture, race, and popular culture studies to analyze this i ... More

Keywords: African culture, Mattel, Barbie, Sports Illustrated, swimsuit issue, Disney World, African visual culture, consumers, cultural icons, U.S. culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617031526
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031526.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Magee, author