I think that the 'Something Wild' article may be Cameron Bailey's
"Nigger/Lover - The Thin Sheen of Race in 'Something Wild'' from 'Screen',
vol 29 , no. 4, Autumn 1988.
An article I've found useful in dealing with some of the history and
development of 'hip-hop' culture is Tricia Rose's piece "A Style Nobody Can
Deal With: Politics, Style and the Postindustrial City in Hip Hop". It
doesn't deal so much with appropriation, but the the codes and meanings
identified by Rose link very clearly to what it is that is being
appropriated. The article is in the collection 'Microphone Fiends; Youth
Music and Youth Culture' edited by Andrew Ross and Tricia Rose (Routledge
1994) Henry Giroux's work has also addressed some of these issues, notably
the "borrowing" found in Larry Clark's 'Kid's' in an article entitled
"Teenage Sexuality, Body Politics, and the Pedagogy of Display" found in the
book 'Youth Culture: Identity in a Postmodern World', edited by Jonathon
Epstein (Blackwell Publishers 1998).
Communications, Popular Culture and Film
St. Catharines, Ontario
From: Steve Fore <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Monday, May 01, 2000 11:40 PM
Subject: articles/books on cultural appropriation
>I'm hoping that list members can assist me with some bibliographical
>pointers in the direction of materials relating to the "borrowing" of
>cultural signifiers and ideas from subaltern communities by the dominant
>culture. My primary geopolitical framework is the US.
>So far I can think of stuff relating to the beats in the 50s (Mailer's
>"white Negro"); various appropriations of Native American iconography and
>beliefs by miscellaneous movements, Kevin Costner, etc.; that essay on
>Demme's "Something Wild" (where did that appear?); Quentin Tarantino; the
>appropriation of hip-hop music and iconography by white teen culture; and
>some theoretical positions on globalization and cultural interpenetration.
>Can anyone recommend specific references? And are there essays/books/etc.
>that deal with the appropriation of Asian cultural materials?
>Many thanks en avance.
>School of Creative Media
>City University of Hong Kong
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