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Black Gay Man by Robert F. Reid-Pharr
Book DescriptionAt turns autobiographical, political, literary, erotic, and humorous, Black Gay Man will spoil our preconceived notions of not only what it means to be black, gay and male but also what it means to be a contemporary intellectual. Both a celebration of black gay male identity as well as a powerful critique of the structures that allow for the production of that identity, Black Gay Man introduces the eloquent new voice of Robert Reid-Pharr in cultural criticism. At once erudite and readable, the range of topics and positions taken up in Black Gay Man reflect the complexity of American life itself. Treating subjects as diverse as the Million Man March, interracial sex, anti-Semitism, turn of the century American intellectualism as well as literary and cultural figures ranging from Essex Hemphill and Audre Lorde to W.E.B. DuBois, Frantz Fanon and James Baldwin, Black Gay Man is a bold and nuanced attempt to question prevailing ideas about community, desire, politics and culture. Moving beyond critique, Reid-Pharr also pronounces upon the promises of a new America. With the publication of Black Gay Man, Robert Reid-Pharr is sure to take his place as one of this country's most exciting and challenging left intellectuals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814775035
(5193mm x 3233mm x 17mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert F. Reid-Pharr
Once You Go Black, Paperback (July 2007)
Contends that our notions of black American identity are not inevitable, nor have they simply been forced onto the black community. This work also argues that black American intellectuals have actively chosen the identity schemes that seem to us so natural.
Conjugal Union, Hardback (June 1999)» View all books by Robert F. Reid-Pharr
Arguing that gender and sexuality have always played a role in questions of black national identity, the author identifies the origins of a "national" African-American literature in 1827 and the beginnings of a novelistic tradition. He shows how various forces shaped the ideal of the black family.
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Author Biography - Robert F. Reid-Pharr
Robert F. Reid-Pharr is Distinguished and Presidential Professor of American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of three books, Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual (NYU Press, 2007), Black Gay Man: Essays (NYU Press, 2001), and Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black American (1999). Samuel R. Delany is a renowned novelist and critic, whose award-winning fiction includes Atlantic: Three Tales (1995) and The Mad Man (1994), as well as Babel-17 (1966), Nova (1968) and Dhalgren (1975). Winner of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime's contribution to gay and lesbian literature, he has been a professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for the last decade.
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