The Poetics of Difference: Queer Feminist Forms in the African Diaspora
by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
Publication Date: Oct 12, 2021
List Price: $25.95
Format: Paperback, 264 pages
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Parent Company: University of Illinois
Includes 25 Black & White Photographs
From Audre Lorde, Ntozake Shange, and Bessie Head, to Zanele Muholi, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Missy Elliott, Black women writers and artists across the African Diaspora have developed nuanced and complex creative forms. Mecca Jamilah Sullivan ventures into the unexplored spaces of black women’s queer creative theorizing to learn its languages and read the textures of its forms. Moving beyond fixed notions, Sullivan points to a space of queer imagination where black women invent new languages, spaces, and genres to speak the many names of difference. Black women’s literary cultures have long theorized the complexities surrounding nation and class, the indeterminacy of gender and race, and the multiple meanings of sexuality. Yet their ideas and work remain obscure in the face of indifference from Western scholarship.
Innovative and timely, The Poetics of Difference illuminates understudied queer contours of black women’s writing.
- Literary Criticism / American / African American
- Social Science / Gender Studies
- Social Science / LGBT Studies / Gay Studies
- Social Science / LGBT Studies / Lesbian Studies