Everyday Use: Tradition, Adaptation, and Appropriation in/of African American Culture
International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability
East-West Center, Oahu, HI
February 25-27, 2005
Date of Presentation
How are certain African American cultural and social values retained in and through cultural artifacts — in this case, in quilts, music, and literature? Examining Alice Walker's still-revolutionary short stories "Everyday Use" and "Nineteen Fifty-Five," an excerpt from Ralph Ellison's classic "Invisible Man," and John Coltrane's parodic and transcendent "My Favorite Things," this paper explores how three great African American artists approach the questions of African American culture. What defines that culture? How does it change over time? Who owns it? And how does it survive and thrive amidst a U.S. American society and culture that is increasingly multicultural yet also commercially rapacious and stubbornly racist?
Everyday Use: Tradition, Adaptation, and Appropriation in/of African American Culture.
Paper presented at International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability in East-West Center, Oahu, HI.