Chocolate and Blackness

A Cultural History

Silke Hackenesch

Chocolate and Blackness

Silke Hackenesch

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187 pages | 17 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2017
Paper $48.00 ISBN: 9783593507767 Published April 2018
This book draws out a number of unexpected connections between chocolate and blackness as both idea and reality. Silke Hackenesch builds her argument around four main focal points. First is the modes of production of chocolate—the economic realities of the business and the material connection between blackness and chocolate. Second is the semantics of chocolate, while its iconography is analyzed third. Finally, she addresses the use of chocolate as a racial signifier, showing that it is deployed differently by African Americans and Afro-Germans, for example.
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