Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of by Siobhan B. Somerville

By Siobhan B. Somerville

Queering the colour Line transforms prior understandings of the way homosexuality was once “invented” as a class of id within the usa starting within the past due 19th century. examining a number of resources, together with sexology texts, early cinema, and African American literature, Siobhan B. Somerville argues that the rising figuring out of homosexuality relied on the context of the black/white “color line,” the dominant approach of racial contrast in this interval. This ebook therefore reviews and revises traits to regard race and sexuality as unrelated different types of study, exhibiting as an alternative that race has traditionally been crucial to the cultural creation of homosexuality.
At concerning the similar time that the 1896 best court docket Plessy v. Ferguson choice hardened the racialized boundary among black and white, admired trials have been drawing the public’s consciousness to rising different types of sexual identification. Somerville argues that those concurrent advancements weren't simply parallel yet actually inextricably interrelated and that the discourses of racial and sexual “deviance” have been used to enhance every one other’s phrases. She offers unique readings of such texts as Havelock Ellis’s overdue nineteenth-century paintings on “sexual inversion,” the 1914 movie A Florida Enchantment, the novels of Pauline E. Hopkins, James Weldon Johnson’s Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, and Jean Toomer’s fiction and autobiographical writings, together with Cane. via her analyses of those texts and her archival learn, Somerville contributes to the becoming physique of scholarship that specializes in studying the intersections of gender, race, and sexuality.
Queering the colour Line could have huge attraction throughout disciplines together with African American experiences, homosexual and lesbian reviews, literary feedback, cultural experiences, cinema reports, and gender studies.

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