ISBN-10:
0253221099
ISBN-13:
9780253221094
Pub. Date:
07/01/2009
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Queer in Black and White: Interraciality, Same Sex Desire, and Contemporary African American Culture

Queer in Black and White: Interraciality, Same Sex Desire, and Contemporary African American Culture

by Stefanie K. Dunning

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Overview

Queer in Black and White: Interraciality, Same Sex Desire, and Contemporary African American Culture

This book analyzes representative works of African American fiction, film, and music in which interracial desire appears in the context of same sex desire. In close readings of these "texts," Stefanie K. Dunning explores the ways in which the interracial intersects with queerness, blackness, whiteness, class, and black national identity. She shows that representations of interracial desire do not follow the logic of racial exclusion. Instead they are metaphorical and anti-biological. Rather than diluting race, interracial desire makes race visible. By invoking the interracial, black gay and lesbian artists can remake our conception of blackness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253221094
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Stefanie K. Dunning is Associate Professor of English at Miami University of Ohio.

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. "Ironic Soil": Recuperative Rhythms and Negotiated Nationalism
2. "No Tender Mercy": Same-Sex Desire, Interraciality, and the Black Nation
3. (Not) Loving Her: A Locus of Contradictions
4. "She's a B*(u)tch": Centering Blackness in The Watermelon Woman
Epilogue: Reading Robert Reid-Pharr

Notes
Index

What People are Saying About This

Northwestern University - E. Patrick Johnson

Dunning uses the trope of interraciality . . . to demonstrate how [it] actually reifies rather than obfuscates the black queer's 'blackness'.

Sarah Lawrence College - LaShonda Barnett

Queer studies has been disproportionately 'white' and androcentric. . . . Dunning's book helps fill this lacuna. . . . Her prose is concise, cogent, and readable.

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