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An investigation of the role of shame in mediating between the signs "black" and "queer."
Acknowledgments ix Introduction Embracing Shame: "Black" and "Queer" in Debasement 1 1. Cloth Wounds, or When Queers Are Martyred to Clothes: Debasements of a Fabricated Skin 39 2. Bottom Values: Anal Economics in the History of Black Neighborhoods 67 3. When Are Dirty Details and Scenes Compelling? Tucked in the Cuts of Interracial Anal Rape 101 4. Erotic Corpse: Homosexual Miscegenation and the Decomposition of Attraction 149 5. Prophylactics and Brains: Slavery in the Cybernetic Age of AIDS 177 Conclusion: Dark Camp: Behind and Ahead 205 Notes 223 Bibliography 257 Index 265
Kathryn Bond Stockton is Professor of English and Director of Gender Studies at the University of Utah. She is the author of God Between Their Lips: Desire Between Women in Irigaray, Bronte, and Eliot.
"Kathryn Bond Stockton refuses clumsy, outmoded distinctions between racial and sexual 'minorities.' Instead, in Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame she boldly examines those many places in our culture where shame, debasement, humiliation, and abjection draw together the black and the queer. At the same time, she carefully details the ways in which these sites of negative emotion and affect have been utilized by American artists and intellectuals to produce work that is not only compelling but often stunningly beautiful. Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame is the type of work for which so many of us have yearned."--Robert F. Reid-Pharr, author of Black Gay Man "Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame is an exciting, pointed, splendidly written, culturally important book."--Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, author of Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity