Simon Dickel teaches Ethnic and Postcolonial Studies
at Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany.
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Black/Gay: The Harlem Renaissance, the Protest Era, and Constructions of Black Gay Identity in the 1980s and ’90s
This book explores key texts of the black gay culture of the 1980s
and '90s. Starting with an analysis of the political discourse in
anthologies such as In the Life and Brother to
Brother, it identifies the references to the Harlem Renaissance
and the Protest Era as common elements of black gay discourse. This
connection to African American cultural and political traditions
legitimizes black gay identity and criticizes the construction of
gay identity as white. Readings of Isaac Julien's Looking for
Langston, Samuel R. Delany's “Atlantis: Model 1924” and The
Motion of Light in Water, Melvin Dixon's Vanishing Rooms,
Randall Kenan's A Visitation of Spirits, and Steven Corbin's
No Easy Place to Be demonstrate how these strategies of
signifying are used in affirmative, humorous, and ironic ways.
(S)notes, referencesNorth American rights
308 pp., 6 " x 9 ", February