9780822337966-0822337967-Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer” (Series Q)

Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer” (Series Q)

ISBN-13: 9780822337966
ISBN-10: 0822337967
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Stockton, Kathryn Bond
Publication date: 2006
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 288 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780822337966
ISBN-10: 0822337967
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Stockton, Kathryn Bond
Publication date: 2006
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 288 pages

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Acknowledged authors Stockton, Kathryn Bond wrote Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer” (Series Q) comprising 288 pages back in 2006. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0822337967 and 9780822337966. Since then Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer” (Series Q) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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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 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, Leslie Feinberg, David Fincher, and Quentin Tarantino—and reads them with and against major theorists, including Georges Bataille, Sigmund Freud, Eve Kosofsky 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: the stigmatized “skin” of some queers’ clothes, the description of blacks as an “economic bottom,” the visual force of interracial homosexual rape, the complicated logic of so-called same-sex miscegenation, and the ways in which a famous depiction of slavery (namely, Morrison’s Beloved) seems bound up with depictions of AIDS. All of the thinkers Stockton considers scrutinize the social nature of shame as they examine the structures that make debasements possible, bearable, pleasurable, and creative, even in their darkness.

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