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KELLEN HOXWORTH

Publications

For ariticles in PDF format, click the linked titles in orange below.

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Books

Transoceanic Blackface: Empire, Race, Performance (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2024)

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Articles in Field Journals and Edited Volumes

"Mĩcere Gĩthae Mũgo," in The Routledge Anthology of Women's Theatre Theory and Dramatic Criticism, edited by Catherine Burroughs and J. Ellen Gainor (London: Routledge, 2024), pp. 445-452.

"Mojisola Adebayo," in The Routledge Anthology of Women's Theatre Theory and Dramatic Criticism, edited by Catherine Burroughs and J. Ellen Gainor (London: Routledge, 2024), pp. 493-499.

"The Invented Choreographies of the Tomahawk Chop," in Dance in US Popular Culture, edited by Jen Atkins (London: Routledge, 2023), pp. 23-26.

  • Written up by Professor Hannah Schwadron in Dance Research Journal: "Kellen Hoxworth’s 'The Invented Choreographies of the Tomahawk Chop,' the first case study
    of the book, is a prime example for all those looking to fuse historical analysis with social critique in a way that calls the reader 'in.'
    I gladly started my undergraduate Cultural Perspectives on Dance course this semester with the piece, a three-page explication of the college football war chant choreography and its evolution from a 1956 racist cartoon to a
    national sports fan tradition. Recalling the Red Power movement of the 1970s, which discontinued much of the mainstream use of indigenous names and iconography as sports team mascots across the country, Hoxworth highlights how the 'Tomahawk Chop' only gained popularity at our university football games in the following decade, a point of curiosity that hits home for students here. Indeed, Hoxworth’s skillful defense of the 'we' who 'just do it'—a fandom culture in which he took part growing up—allows a connection with readers who are potentially encountering the critique, and in class among peers and professor, for the first time. This is the kind of work that catalyzes an academic politicization through digestible bits of history and context that land with big impact. In our written midterm exam as in our discussion, my students saw themselves reflected in the text, identifying with the college mindset while metabolizing the insult of a form that claims tradition in the (red)face of appropriation."

"Racial Impressions, Capital Characters: Dave Carson Brownfaces the Empire," in Mimetic Desires: Impersonation and Guising across South Asia, edited by Harshita Mruthinti Kamath and Pamela Lothspeich (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2022), pp. 42-64.

"Performative Correctness; or, the Subject of Performance and Politics," Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, vol. 35, no. 2 (2021): 107-112; special section on "#PerformativeX."

"The Jim Crow Global South," Theatre Journal, vol. 72, no. 4 (2020): 443-467; special issue on "Africa and the Global South."

"Football Fantasies: Neoliberal Habitus, Racial Governmentality, and National Spectacle," American Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1 (2020): 155-179.

"The Many Racial Effigies of Sara Baartman." Theatre Survey, vol. 58, no. 3 (2017): 275-299.

Performance Reviews

Review of Disastronautics by Jon McKenzie and Ralo Mayer, Performance Research, vol. 19, no. 3 (2014): 112-113.

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