Book Title : Blackness and Sexualities

blackness and sexualities

Release Date : 2007
ISBN Code : 3825896935
Book Author : Michelle M. Wright
Book Publisher : LIT Verlag Münster
Total Pages : 178

Book Summary :

How queer is Black studies, how racialized is queer studies? In the West, racial fantasies are often sexualized, just as sexual fantasies often rely on notions of a racial Other. Bringing together the latest work by some of the foremost scholars in a variety of disciplines, Blackness and Sexualities offers analyses and critiques that span three continents and looks at topics such as: the secret marketing of black female pornography to white American men; the eroticization of colonial legacies in contemporary German media; the exoticization of African women in previously unpublished photos and diaries by America's first best-selling black novelist; the ways in which film captures how drag queens can claim agency and cooperate with all kinds of sexual communities across racial lines-or fail to do so with terrible consequences.

Book Title : Exorcising Blackness

exorcising blackness

Release Date : 1984-01
ISBN Code : 0253319951
Book Author : Trudier Harris
Book Publisher : Indiana University Press
Total Pages : 222

Book Summary :

By lynching, burning, castrating, raping, and mutilating black people, contends Trudier Harris, white Americans were perfomring a rite of exorcism designed to eradicate the "black beast" from their midst, or, at the very least, to render him powerless and emasculated. Black writers have graphically portrayed such tragic incidents in their writings. In doing so, they seem to be acting out a communal role—a perpetuation of an oral tradition bent on the survival of the race. Exorcising Blackness demonstrates that the closeness and intensity of black people's historical experiences sometimes overshadows, frequently infuses and enhances, and definitely makes richer in texture the art of black writers. By reviewing the historical and literary interconnections of the rituals of exorcism, Harris opens up the hidden psyche—the soul—of black American writers.

Book Title : Faulkner s Sexualities

faulkner s sexualities

Release Date : 2010-11-12
ISBN Code : 1604735619
Book Author : Annette Trefzer
Book Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages : 224

Book Summary :

William Faulkner grew up and began his writing career during a time of great cultural upheaval, especially in the realm of sexuality, where every normative notion of identity and relationship was being re-examined. Not only does Faulkner explore multiple versions of sexuality throughout his work, but he also studies the sexual dimension of various social, economic, and aesthetic concerns. In Faulkner's Sexualities, contributors query Faulkner's life and fiction in terms of sexual identity, sexual politics, and the ways in which such concerns affect his aesthetics. Given the frequent play with sexual norms and practices, how does Faulkner's fiction constitute the sexual subject in relation to the dynamics of the body, language, and culture? In what ways does Faulkner participate in discourses of masculinity and femininity, desire and reproduction, heterosexuality and homosexuality? In what ways are these discourses bound up with representations of race and ethnicity, modernity and ideology, region and nation? In what ways do his texts touch on questions concerning the racialization of categories of gender within colonial and dominant metropolitan discourses and power relations? Is there a Southern sexuality? This volume wrestles with these questions and relates them to theories of race, gender, and sexuality.

Book Title : Black Female Sexualities

black female sexualities

Release Date : 2015-01-26
ISBN Code : 9780813571751
Book Author : Trimiko Melancon
Book Publisher : Rutgers University Press
Total Pages : 242

Book Summary :

Western culture has long regarded black female sexuality with a strange mix of fascination and condemnation, associating it with everything from desirability, hypersexuality, and liberation to vulgarity, recklessness, and disease. Yet even as their bodies and sexualities have been the subject of countless public discourses, black women’s voices have been largely marginalized in these discussions. In this groundbreaking collection, feminist scholars from across the academy come together to correct this omission—illuminating black female sexual desires marked by agency and empowerment, as well as pleasure and pain, to reveal the ways black women regulate their sexual lives. The twelve original essays in Black Female Sexualities reveal the diverse ways black women perceive, experience, and represent sexuality. The contributors highlight the range of tactics that black women use to express their sexual desires and identities. Yet they do not shy away from exploring the complex ways in which black women negotiate the more traumatic aspects of sexuality and grapple with the legacy of negative stereotypes. Black Female Sexualities takes not only an interdisciplinary approach—drawing from critical race theory, sociology, and performance studies—but also an intergenerational one, in conversation with the foremothers of black feminist studies. In addition, it explores a diverse archive of representations, covering everything from blues to hip-hop, from Crash to Precious, from Sister Souljah to Edwidge Danticat. Revealing that black female sexuality is anything but a black-and-white issue, this collection demonstrates how to appreciate a whole spectrum of subjectivities, experiences, and desires.

Book Title : Extravagant Abjection

extravagant abjection

Release Date : 2010-07-01
ISBN Code : 9780814741351
Book Author : Darieck Scott
Book Publisher : NYU Press
Total Pages : 327

Book Summary :

Challenging the conception of empowerment associated with the Black Power Movement and its political and intellectual legacies in the present, Darieck Scott contends that power can be found not only in martial resistance, but, surprisingly, where the black body has been inflicted with harm or humiliation. Theorizing the relation between blackness and abjection by foregrounding often neglected depictions of the sexual exploitation and humiliation of men in works by James Weldon Johnson, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka, and Samuel R. Delany, Extravagant Abjection asks: If we’re racialized through domination and abjection, what is the political, personal, and psychological potential in racialization-through-abjection? Using the figure of male rape as a lens through which to examine this question, Scott argues that blackness in relation to abjection endows its inheritors with a form of counter-intuitive power—indeed, what can be thought of as a revised notion of black power. This power is found at the point at which ego, identity, body, race, and nation seem to reveal themselves as utterly penetrated and compromised, without defensible boundary. Yet in Extravagant Abjection, “power” assumes an unexpected and paradoxical form. In arguing that blackness endows its inheritors with a surprising form of counter–intuitive power—as a resource for the political present—found at the very point of violation, Extravagant Abjection enriches our understanding of the construction of black male identity.

Book Title : Exploring Black Sexuality

exploring black sexuality

Release Date : 2006-01-01
ISBN Code : 0742546594
Book Author : Robert Staples
Book Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages : 209

Book Summary :

Exploring Black Sexuality provides an overview of the myths and stereotypes that surround Black sexuality and an analysis of how Euro-Americans developed these myths as part of a strategy to enslave and exploit Afro-Americans in the new world. It explores various dimensions of Black sexuality, ranging from its roots in the popular culture fashioned out of slavery in the form of music, literature and films, same-sex behavior, sexual assault, interracial sex, dating styles, prostitution, pornography and how fame and money make a difference in sexual behavior. Based on current trends, the author predicts future sexual styles.

Book Title : Authentic Blackness

authentic blackness

Release Date : 1999
ISBN Code : 0822323451
Book Author : J. Martin Favor
Book Publisher : Duke University Press
Total Pages : 187

Book Summary :

Explores the concepts of "blackness" and "race" in four seminal novels of the Harlem Renaissance.

Book Title : What s Left of Blackness

what s left of blackness

Release Date : 2012-10-15
ISBN Code : 9781137038432
Book Author : T. Fisher
Book Publisher : Springer
Total Pages : 189

Book Summary :

This book analyzes the political transformations in black women's socially engaged community-based political work in England in the late twentieth century. It situates these shifts alongside Britain's political economy and against the discourse and deployment of blackness as a political imaginary in which to engage in struggles for social justice.

Book Title : Blackness in the Andes

blackness in the andes

Release Date : 2014-01-22
ISBN Code : 9781137272720
Book Author : J. Rahier
Book Publisher : Springer
Total Pages : 243

Book Summary :

This book examines, in Andean national contexts, the impacts of the 'Latin American multicultural turn' of the past two decades on Afro Andean cultural politics, emphasizing both transformations and continuities.

Book Title : Feminism Sexuality and the Return of Religion

feminism sexuality and the return of religion

Release Date : 2011
ISBN Code : 9780253223043
Book Author : Linda Alcoff
Book Publisher : Indiana University Press
Total Pages : 194

Book Summary :

Feminist theory and reflections on sexuality and gender rarely make contact with contemporary continental philosophy of religion. Where they all come together, creative and transformative thinking occurs. In Feminism, Sexuality, and the Return of Religion, internationally recognized scholars tackle complicated questions provoked by the often stormy intersection of these powerful forces. The essays in this book break down barriers as they extend the richness of each philosophical tradition. They discuss topics such as queer sexuality and religion, feminism and the gift, feminism and religious reform, and religion and diversity. The contributors are Hélène Cixous, Sarah Coakley, Kelly Brown Douglas, Mark D. Jordan, Catherine Keller, Saba Mahmood, and Gianni Vattimo.

Book Title : Sexualities in Victorian Britain

sexualities in victorian britain

Release Date : 1996-01-01
ISBN Code : 0253330661
Book Author : Andrew H. Miller
Book Publisher : Indiana University Press
Total Pages : 239

Book Summary :

Presents an introduction to Victorian sexualities. This book contains essays that will energize reflection on the complexity of human sexuality and on the many different arrays of meaning that it has generated.

Book Title : Intimacy and Sexuality in the Age of Shakespeare

intimacy and sexuality in the age of shakespeare

Release Date : 2011-12-22
ISBN Code : 9781139505321
Book Author : James M. Bromley
Book Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Total Pages :

Book Summary :

James Bromley argues that Renaissance texts circulate knowledge about a variety of non-standard sexual practices and intimate life narratives, including non-monogamy, anal eroticism, masochism and cross-racial female homoeroticism. Rethinking current assumptions about intimacy in Renaissance drama, poetry and prose, the book blends historicized and queer approaches to embodiment, narrative and temporality. An important contribution to Renaissance literary studies, queer theory and the history of sexuality, the book demonstrates the relevance of Renaissance literature to today. Through close readings of William Shakespeare's 'problem comedies', Christopher Marlowe's Hero and Leander, plays by Beaumont and Fletcher, Thomas Middleton's The Nice Valour and Lady Mary Wroth's sonnet sequence Pamphilia to Amphilanthus and her prose romance The Urania, Bromley re-evaluates notions of the centrality of deep, abiding affection in Renaissance culture and challenges our own investment in a narrowly defined intimate sphere.

Book Title : Appropriating Blackness

appropriating blackness

Release Date : 2003-07-23
ISBN Code : 9780822385103
Book Author : E. Patrick Johnson
Book Publisher : Duke University Press
Total Pages : 382

Book Summary :

Performance artist and scholar E. Patrick Johnson’s provocative study examines how blackness is appropriated and performed—toward widely divergent ends—both within and outside African American culture. Appropriating Blackness develops from the contention that blackness in the United States is necessarily a politicized identity—avowed and disavowed, attractive and repellent, fixed and malleable. Drawing on performance theory, queer studies, literary analysis, film criticism, and ethnographic fieldwork, Johnson describes how diverse constituencies persistently try to prescribe the boundaries of "authentic" blackness and how performance highlights the futility of such enterprises. Johnson looks at various sites of performed blackness, including Marlon Riggs’s influential documentary Black Is . . . Black Ain’t and comedic routines by Eddie Murphy, David Alan Grier, and Damon Wayans. He analyzes nationalist writings by Amiri Baraka and Eldridge Cleaver, the vernacular of black gay culture, an oral history of his grandmother’s experience as a domestic worker in the South, gospel music as performed by a white Australian choir, and pedagogy in a performance studies classroom. By exploring the divergent aims and effects of these performances—ranging from resisting racism, sexism, and homophobia to excluding sexual dissidents from the black community—Johnson deftly analyzes the multiple significations of blackness and their myriad political implications. His reflexive account considers his own complicity, as ethnographer and teacher, in authenticating narratives of blackness.

Book Title : Blacks and Blackness in European Art of the Long Nineteenth Century

blacks and blackness in european art of the long nineteenth century

Release Date : 2017-07-05
ISBN Code : 9781351573498
Book Author : AdrienneL. Childs
Book Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 264

Book Summary :

Compelling and troubling, colorful and dark, black figures served as the quintessential image of difference in nineteenth-century European art; the essays in this volume further the investigation of constructions of blackness during this period. This collection marks a phase in the scholarship on images of blacks that moves beyond undifferentiated binaries like ?negative? and ?positive? that fail to reveal complexities, contradictions, and ambiguities. Essays that cover the late eighteenth through the early twentieth century explore the visuality of blackness in anti-slavery imagery, black women in Orientalist art, race and beauty in fin-de-si?e photography, the French brand of blackface minstrelsy, and a set of little-known images of an African model by Edvard Munch. In spite of the difficulty of resurrecting black lives in nineteenth-century Europe, one essay chronicles the rare instance of an American artist of color in mid-nineteenth-century Europe. With analyses of works ranging from G?cault's Raft of the Medusa, to portraits of the American actor Ira Aldridge, this volume provides new interpretations of nineteenth-century representations of blacks.

Book Title : The Boundaries of Blackness

the boundaries of blackness

Release Date : 1999-04-30
ISBN Code : 0226112896
Book Author : Cathy J. Cohen
Book Publisher : University of Chicago Press
Total Pages : 394

Book Summary :

Argues that the African American community, focused primarily on racial issues of concern to middle-class heterosexual males, ignored the AIDS crisis, in which other groups are most at risk

Book Title : Problematizing Blackness

problematizing blackness

Release Date : 2014-04-08
ISBN Code : 9781135316877
Book Author : Jean Muteba Rahier
Book Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 240

Book Summary :

This cutting-edge piece of scholarship studies the invisibility of the black migrants in popular consciousness and intellectual discourse in the United States through the interrogation of actual members of this community.

Book Title : Sexuality

sexuality

Release Date : 2010-11-30
ISBN Code : 9781136859236
Book Author : Joseph Bristow
Book Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 264

Book Summary :

Theories of sexuality and desire are commonly used in literary and cultural studies. In this illuminating study Joseph Bristow introduces readers to the fundamental critical debates surrounding the topic. This fully updated second edition includes: a historical account of sexuality from the Victorians to the present discussions of the most influential theorists including Freud, Lacan, Bataille, Baudrillard, Cixous, Deleuze, Irigaray and Kristeva a new and extended discussion of queer and transgender theory, race, ethnicity and desire a new preface summarising changes in the field since the first edition a new glossary, annotated further reading section and bibliography. Considering all of the major movements in the field, this new edition is the ideal guide for students of literary and cultural studies.

Book Title : Black Men on Race Gender and Sexuality

black men on race gender and sexuality

Release Date : 1999-07-01
ISBN Code : 9780814715529
Book Author : Devon Carbado
Book Publisher : NYU Press
Total Pages : 464

Book Summary :

The image of the West looms large in the American imagination. Yet the history of American Jewry and particularly of American Jewish women—has been heavily weighted toward the East. Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail rectifies this omission as the first full book to trace the history and contributions of Jewish women in the American West. In many ways, the Jewish experience in the West was distinct. Given the still-forming social landscape, beginning with the 1848 Gold Rush, Jews were able to integrate more fully into local communities than they had in the East. Jewish women in the West took advantage of the unsettled nature of the region to “open new doors” for themselves in the public sphere in ways often not yet possible elsewhere in the country. Women were crucial to the survival of early communities, and made distinct contributions not only in shaping Jewish communal life but outside the Jewish community as well. Western Jewish women's level of involvement at the vanguard of social welfare and progressive reform, commerce, politics, and higher education and the professions is striking given their relatively small numbers. This engaging work—full of stories from the memoirs and records of Jewish pioneer women—illuminates the pivotal role these women played in settling America's Western frontier.