Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology / Edition 1

Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology / Edition 1

by E. Patrick Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822336189

ISBN-13: 9780822336181

Pub. Date: 11/01/2005

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

While over the past decade a number of scholars have done significant work on questions of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered identities, this volume is the first to collect this groundbreaking work and make black queer studies visible as a developing field of study in the United States. Bringing together essays by established and emergent scholars,

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While over the past decade a number of scholars have done significant work on questions of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered identities, this volume is the first to collect this groundbreaking work and make black queer studies visible as a developing field of study in the United States. Bringing together essays by established and emergent scholars, this collection assesses the strengths and weaknesses of prior work on race and sexuality and highlights the theoretical and political issues at stake in the nascent field of black queer studies. Including work by scholars based in English, film studies, black studies, sociology, history, political science, legal studies, cultural studies, and performance studies, the volume showcases the broadly interdisciplinary nature of the black queer studies project.

The contributors consider representations of the black queer body, black queer literature, the pedagogical implications of black queer studies, and the ways that gender and sexuality have been glossed over in black studies and race and class marginalized in queer studies. Whether exploring the closet as a racially loaded metaphor, arguing for the inclusion of diaspora studies in black queer studies, considering how the black lesbian voice that was so expressive in the 1970s and 1980s is all but inaudible today, or investigating how the social sciences have solidified racial and sexual exclusionary practices, these insightful essays signal an important and necessary expansion of queer studies.

Contributors. Bryant K. Alexander, Devon Carbado, Faedra Chatard Carpenter, Keith Clark, Cathy Cohen, Roderick A. Ferguson, Jewelle Gomez, Phillip Brian Harper, Mae G. Henderson, Sharon P. Holland, E. Patrick Johnson, Kara Keeling, Dwight A. McBride, Charles I. Nero, Marlon B. Ross, Rinaldo Walcott, Maurice O. Wallace

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822336181
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
387,329
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword : "home" is a four-letter word
Introduction : queering black studies/"quaring" queer studies1
Punks, bulldaggers, and welfare queens : the radical potential of queer politics?21
Race-ing homonormativity : citizenship, sociology, and gay identity52
Straight black studies : on African American studies, James Baldwin, and black queer studies68
Outside in black studies : reading from a queer place in the diaspora90
The evidence of felt intuition : minority experience, everyday life, and critical speculative knowledge106
"Quare" studies, or (almost) everything I know about queer studies I learned from my grandmother124
Beyond the closet as raceless paradigm161
Privilege190
"Joining the lesbians" : cinematic regimes of black lesbian visibility213
Why are gay ghettoes white?228
Embracing the teachable moment : the black gay body in the classroom as embodied text249
Are we family? : pedagogy and the race for queerness266
On being a witness : passion, pedagogy, and the legacy of James Baldwin276
But some of us are brave lesbians : the absence of black lesbian fiction289
James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room : expatriation, "racial drag," and homosexual panic298
Robert O'Hara's Insurrection : "que(e)rying history"323

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