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Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology / Edition 1
     

Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology / Edition 1

by E. Patrick Johnson, Mae G. Henderson, Sharon Patricia Holland, Cathy J. Cohen
 

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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,

Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822336181
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
756,472
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword: “Home” Is a Four-Letter Word / Sharon P. Holland ix

Introduction: Queering Black Studies/ “Quaring” Queer Studies / E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson 1

I. DISCIPLINARY TENSIONS: BLACK STUDIES/QUEER STUDIES

Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics? / Cathy J. Cohen 21

Race-ing Homonormativity: Citizenship, Sociology, and Gay Identity / Roderick A. Ferguson 52

Straight Black Studies: On African American Studies, James Baldwin, and Black Queer Studies / Dwight A. McBride 68

Outside in Black Studies: Reading from a Queer Place in the Diaspora / Rinaldo Walcott 90

The Evidence of Felt Intuition: Minority Evidence, Everyday Life, and Critical Speculative Knowledge / Phillip Brian Harper 106

“Quare” Studies, or (Almost) Everything I Know about Queer Studies I Learned from My Grandmother / E. Patrick Johnson 124

II. REPRESENTING THE “RACE”: BLACKNESS, QUEERS, AND THE POLITICS OF VISIBILITY

Beyond the Closet as Raceless Paradigm / Marlon B. Ross 161

Privilege / Devon W. Carbado 190

“Joining the Lesbians”: Cinematic Regimes of Black Lesbian Visibility / Kara Keeling 213

Why Are Gay Ghettoes White? / Charles I. Nero 228

III. HOW TO TEACH THE UNSPEAKABLE: RACE, QUEER STUDIES, AND PEDAGOGY

Embracing the Teachable Moment: The Black Gay Body in the Classroom as Embodied Text / Bryant Keith Alexander 249

Are We Family? Pedagogy and the Race for Queerness / Keith Clark 266

On Being a Witness: Passion, Pedagogy, and the Legacy of James Baldwin / Maurice O. Wallace 276

IV. BLACK QUEER FICTION: WHO IS “READING” US?

But Some of Us Are Brave Lesbians: The Absence of Black Lesbian Fiction / Jewelle Gomez 289

James Baldwin‘s Giovanni‘s Room: Expatriation, “Racial Drag,” and Homosexual Panic / Mae G. Henderson 298

Robert O‘Hara‘s Insurrection: “Que(e)rying History” / Faedra Chatard Carpenter 323

Bibliography 349

Contributors 371

Index 375

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