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Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology

Edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson

 

Book Description 

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.

Essayists consider the ways that gender and sexuality have been glossed over in black studies and race and class marginalized in queer studies; representations of the black queer body; black queer literature; and the pedagogical implications of black 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 concretized 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

Reviews

Black Queer Studies makes a dynamic contribution to the shifting landscape of queer studies. This volume will surely transform our understandings of both black studies and queer studies, and it will create new idioms for the analysis and theorization of race and sexuality. Black Queer Studies is necessary and long overdue.—Judith Halberstam, author of Female Masculinity

This fine collection of essays demonstrates the importance of black queer quests and questions.—Jennifer DeVere Brody, author of Impossible Purities: Blackness, Femininity, and Victorian Culture

Years from now Black Queer Studies will be hailed as a manifesto for a discipline that demands a name, a voice and a home in academia. . . . Merginig the personal, political, and conjectural, these offerings pack street punch and ring with everyday relevance. . . . [T]his book is a milestone. —Tara Lake, Girlfriends

The core message of this pointed assessment of the American academy is that it's time for black studies to incorporate queer realities, and for gay studies to include black truths. Most of the contributions are drawn from papers delivered at the Black Queer Studies in the Millennium conference several years ago, but the passage of time hasn't blunted their premise: that the "nascent field" of black gay studies remains underdeveloped and underappreciated. The collection ranges widely across disciplines, including sociology, film studies, history, politics, and performance, in each instance claiming the right of black queer insights to be included in the intellectual dynamic of higher learning.

A couple of essays in particular focus on fiction. In one, anthology co-editor Henderson discusses the literary "whiteface" that made James Baldwin's pioneering novel "Giovanni's Room" palatable to a nongay, nonblack audience; in another, popular novelist Jewelle Gomez ("The Gilda Stories") notes the dearth of black women authors in her lament "But Some of Us Are Lesbians: The Absence of Black Lesbian Fiction" - a state of affairs not much improved in the years since the essay was penned. —Richard Labonte Bookmarks 

About the Author

E. Patrick Johnson is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Performance Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity, also published by Duke University Press. Mae G. Henderson is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the editor of Borders, Boundaries, and Frames: Essays in Cultural Criticism and Cultural Studies and coeditor of the five-volume Antislavery Newspapers and Periodicals: An Annotated Index of Letters, 1817–1871.

Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology

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 Experience, Everyday Life, and Critical 
Speculative Knowledge PHILIP 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 Fanily? 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

Published by Duke University Press
 

 

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