Aberrations in Black : Toward a Queer of Color Critique

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  • Copyright: 2003-12-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr
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Juxtaposing the works of Gunnar Myrdal, Ernest Burgess, Robert Park, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan with those of Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison, Roderick A. Ferguson interrogates canonical sociology's regulation of sexual difference as part of its pathologization of African American culture. Unique in the way it situates critiques of race, gender, and sexuality within analyses of cultural, economic, and epistemological formations, Aberrations in Black introduces a new mode of discourse that helps to lay bare the mutual distortions of racial, economic, and sexual portrayals within sociology. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Roderick A. Ferguson is assistant professor of American studies at the University of Minnesota

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction: Queer of Color Critique, Historical Materialism, and Canonical Sociology 1(30)
1. The Knee-pants of Servility: American Modernity, the Chicago School, and Native Son 31(23)
2. The Specter of Woodridge: Canonical Formations and the Anticanonical in Invisible Man 54(28)
3. Nightmares of the Heteronormative: Go Tell It on the Mountain versus An American Dilemma 82(28)
4. Something Else to Be: Sula, The Moynihan Report, and the Negations of Black Lesbian Feminism 110(28)
Conclusion: Toward the End of Normativity 138(11)
Notes 149(18)
Index 167

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