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Constructing a Nervous System : A Memoir by Margo Jefferson

Constructing a Nervous System : A Memoir by Margo Jefferson

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Margo Jefferson boldly and brilliantly fuses cultural analysis and memoir to probe race, class, family and art.

Taking in the jazz and blues icons whom Jefferson idolised as a child in the 1950s, ideas of what the female body could be - as incarnated by trailblazing Black dancers and athletes - Harriet Beecher Stowe's Topsy reimagined in the artworks of Kara Walker, white supremacy in the novels of Willa Cather, and more, this breathtakingly eloquent account is both a critique and a vindication of the constructed self. '

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