In their search for a relationship, whether long- or short-term, how do desiring subjects signify their identities and those of their desiring subjects? The essays in Racialized Politics of Desire in Personal Ads take up this question by exploring how writers of personal ads fashion themselves and those with whom they seek a connection. More specifically, these essays explore the politics of desirehow complex intersections among the social categories of race, gender and sexuality within personal ads reveal a dynamic tapestry of power relations and hierarchies. By focusing on how, in each instance, African Americans both construct and are constructed discursively in the brief narrative space of personals, this collection offers a substantively new genre-based exploration of the politics of desire and makes an important contribution to studies of language and self; identity politics; cultural studies; gendered, sexualized and racialized discourses; and the performance of everyday texts that occupy scholarly attention in a variety of different disciplines. Those interested in American Cultural Studies, African American Studies, Sociology, Communication, Rhetoric, Queer Studies, Critical Race Theory, Women's Studies, Gender Studies, and Race Relations on a professional or lay basis will find this book informative and engaging.
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About the Author
Maureen Daly Goggin is professor of rhetoric and Neal A. Lester is professor of English, both at Arizona State University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction. Trapped in Lines and Language: Distorted Selves in Personal Ads Chapter 3 Chapter 1. "EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it!" Constructions of Heterosexual Black Male Identities in the Personals Chapter 4 Chapter 2. In Living Color: Politics of Desire in Heterosexual Interracial Black/White Personal Ads Chapter 5 Chapter 3. Black Gay Men Seeking Black Gay Men: Cultural and Historical Implications Chapter 6 Chapter 4. Personal Ads and the Intersection of Race and Same-Sex Male Attraction Chapter 7 Chapter 5. SBF Seeks Miss Afrekete: Authentic Lesbians and Same-Sex Desire in the Personals Chapter 8 Chapter 6. Ethnic Chasers, Auntie Toms, and E(gal)itarians: Black Females Seeking and Being Sought by White Females Chapter 9 Chapter 7. "The 21st Century Option to Meet and Socialize": Discursive Conventions of Black Heterosexual Male Identities in Match.com Chapter 10 Chapter 8. Afterword