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Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology
by E. Patrick Johnson , Mae G. Henderson , Charles I. Nero , Bryant Keith Alexander , Keith Clark , Maurice O. Wallace , Jewelle Gomez , Faedra Chatard Carpenter , more…Cathy J. Cohen , Roderick A. Ferguson , Dwight A. McBride , Rinaldo Walcott , Phillip Brian Harper , Marlon B. Ross , Devon W. Carbado , Kara Keeling …less
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 colle ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Duke University Press Books
(first published January 1st 2005)
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The essays in this book interrogate the meaning of "queer" as used in queer theory as it applies to the experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people of color. While some of the authors identify with the term "queer," all of them reveal the ways in which queer theory has been the theory of white queers. The all-embracing, identity-dissolving thrust of queer theory elide the experiences of black queers for whom identity and identity politics have been a means of survival. By see ...more
Aug 13, 2008 Rickey Laurentiis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Students of Queer Studies, Black Studies, Gender Studies &c.
Excellent. A total unpacking and foray into the still hybrid program of academia between Black or Africana Studies and Queer Studies. BQS is an anthology of several essays exploring simple questions that deserve answers: What does it mean to be both, simultaneously, black and non-heterosexual? In a dominantly white, heterosexist patriarchal society (aka America) how does the black queer body react to this world, express its sexuality when its considered deviant twice (for being black, for being ...more
I only read one of the essays here, but it was a very interesting essay. It didn't contribute a tremendous amount of direct material to the thesis research I'm doing, but it added a different perspective, which will play a role in my thesis.
E. Patrick Johnson (Ph.D.) is an African-American performance artist, ethnographer, and scholar.More about E. Patrick Johnson...