Queer in Black and White: Interraciality, Same Sex Desire, and Contemporary African American Culture

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Indiana University Press, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 136 pages
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This book analyzes representative works of African American fiction, film, and music in which interracial desire appears in the context of same sex desire. In close readings of these "texts," Stefanie K. Dunning explores the ways in which the interracial intersects with queerness, blackness, whiteness, class, and black national identity. She shows that representations of interracial desire do not follow the logic of racial exclusion. Instead they are metaphorical and anti-biological. Rather than diluting race, interracial desire makes race visible. By invoking the interracial, black gay and lesbian artists can remake our conception of blackness.

 

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sensational but monarchical.

Contents

Introduction
3
Recuperative Rhythms and Negotiated Nationalism
23
SameSex DesireInterraciality and the Black Nation
43
A Locus of Contradictions
61
Centering Blackness inThe Watermelon Woman
84
Reading Robert ReidPharr
106
Notes
113
Index
129
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Stefanie K. Dunning is Associate Professor of English at Miami University of Ohio.

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