9780822337966

Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame

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  • ISBN13:

    9780822337966

  • ISBN10:

    0822337967

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-06-30
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
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Summary

Shame, Kathryn Bond Stockton argues in Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame, has often been a meeting-place for the signs "black" and "queer" and for black and queer people-overlapping groups who have been so publicly marked as degraded and debased. But when and why have certain forms of shame been embraced by blacks and queers? How does debasement foster attractions? How is it used for aesthetic delight? What does it offer for projects of sorrow and ways of creative historical knowing? How and why is it central to camp?Stockton engages the domains of African American studies, queer theory, psychoanalysis, film theory, photography, semiotics, and gender studies. She brings together thinkers rarely, if ever, read together in a single study-James Baldwin, Radclyffe Hall, Jean Genet, Toni Morrison, Robert Mapplethorpe, Eldridge Cleaver, Todd Haynes, Norman Mailer, and Quentin Tarantino-and reads them with and against major theorists, including Georges Bataille, Sigmund Freud, Eve Sedgwick, Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes, and Leo Bersani. Stockton asserts that there is no clear, mirrored relation between the terms "black" and "queer"; rather, seemingly definitive associations attached to each are often taken up or crossed through by the other. Stockton explores dramatic switchpoints between these terms, with reference to such matters as the stigmatized "skin" of some queers' clothes and the visual power of interracial homosexual rape. All of the thinkers Stockton considers scrutinize the social nature of shame, as they plumb the structures that make debasements possible, bearable, pleasurable, and creative, even in their darkness.

Author Biography

Kathryn Bond Stockton is Professor of English and Director of Gender Studies at the University of Utah

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix
INTRODUCTION Embracing Shame: "Black" and "Queer" in Debasement 1(38)
ONE Cloth Wounds, or When Queers Are Martyred To Clothes: Debasements of a Fabricated Skin 39(28)
TWO Bottom Values: Anal Economics in the History of Black Neighborhoods 67(34)
THREE When Are Dirty Details and Scenes Compelling? Tucked in the Cuts of Interracial Anal Rape 101(48)
FOUR Erotic Corpse: Homosexual Miscegenation and the Decomposition of Attraction 149(28)
FIVE Prophylactics and Brains: Slavery in the Cybernetic Age of AIDS 177(28)
CONCLUSION Dark Camp: Behind and Ahead 205(18)
NOTES 223(34)
BIBLIOGRAPHY 257(8)
INDEX 265

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