Queer In Black And White: Interraciality, Same Sex Desire, And Contemporary African American Culture

Paperback | May 12, 2009

byStefanie K. Dunning

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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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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 identit...

Stefanie K. Dunning is Associate Professor of English at Miami University of Ohio.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.48 inPublished:May 12, 2009Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253221099

ISBN - 13:9780253221094

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. "Ironic Soil": Recuperative Rhythms and Negotiated Nationalism
2. "No Tender Mercy": Same-Sex Desire, Interraciality, and the Black Nation
3. (Not) Loving Her: A Locus of Contradictions
4. "She's a B*(u)tch": Centering Blackness in The Watermelon Woman
Epilogue: Reading Robert Reid-Pharr

Notes
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Queer studies has been disproportionately 'white' and androcentric.... Dunning's book helps fill this lacuna.... Her prose is concise, cogent, and readable." -LaShonda Barnett, Sarah Lawrence College