Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Terms of the Day for October 21

  • The Harlem Renaissance - a period in the 1920s and 1930s when African-American achievements in art and music and literature flourished, characterized by a deliberate reconnection with traditional and ancient African arts.
  • Mammy Archetype – a reference to African American women in a time when Africans worked as domestic servants/slaves. She is often portrayed within a narrative framework or other imagery as a domestic servant of African descent, generally good-natured, often overweight, very dark skinned, middle aged, and loud.
  • Jezebel Archetype – a term with roots in the biblical character Jezebel often used to describe the stereotypical primitive, sexually promiscuous, and sometimes controlling black woman.
  • Primitivism – a Western art movement that borrows visual forms from non-Western or prehistoric peoples; those that were considered “primitive”.

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