The Commerce of Peoples: Sadomasochism and African American Literature

The Commerce of Peoples: Sadomasochism and African American Literature

by Biman Basu


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ISBN-13: 9780739167434
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Biman Basu is associate professor in the Department of English at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, upstate New York. His research and teaching interests include African American Literature, Globalization, postcolonial and diasporic studies. He has published articles in Callaloo, College Literature, African American Review, Diaspora, Ariel, Public Culture, and other journals.

He is interested in the nexus between power and desire, and he addresses this directly in a course on sadomasochism, "Power, Desire, Literature." More generally, he is interested in what he sees as an emergence of different continental and national styles of sadomasochism, in both the public and private spheres, in both the popular-cultural representations of S&M and its social and political implications.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: In Theory
Chapter Three: Slave Narratives and Sadomasochism
Chapter Four: The Genuflected Body of the Masochist
Chapter Five: Dominant and Submissive in Protest Literature
Chapter Six: Hybrid Embodiment and an Ethics of Masochism
Chapter Seven: Perverting Heterosexuality: The Competent Practice of the Object
Chapter Eight: Neo-Slave Narratives and Sadomasochism
Appendix: A Pragmatics of the Perverse: Nietzsche and Sadomasochism

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The Commerce of Peoples provides an unflinching look at the multifaceted power relations enmeshed in the affective history of sadomasochism as it has emerged in practice over the past several decades. Basu boldly argues that, in order to understand the contemporary intertwining of domination, submission, and desire, we must recognize that its history bears the marks of both slavery and colonialism of the last three centuries and that its utopian effort seeks to unfetter that corporeality. His analysis shows that the most daring and illuminating portrayals of race, gender, and sadomasochism may be found in key texts of African American literature.

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