Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame

Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame

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Shame, Kathryn Bond Stockton argues in Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame, has often been a meeting place for the signs a€œblacka€ and a€œqueera€ and for black and queer peoplea€”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 studya€”James Baldwin, Radclyffe Hall, Jean Genet, Toni Morrison, Robert Mapplethorpe, Eldridge Cleaver, Todd Haynes, Norman Mailer, Leslie Feinberg, David Fincher, and Quentin Tarantinoa€”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 a€œblacka€ and a€œqueera€; 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 a€œskina€ of some queersa€™ clothes, the description of blacks as an a€œeconomic bottom, a€ 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, Morrisona€™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.One could say that the word a#39;a#39;memea#39;a#39; itself has spread promiscuously since I wrote this essay in 1995. ... on human behavior while at the same time believing that this influence can be modified, overriden or 250 NOTES TO CHAPTER 5.

Title:Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame
Author:Kathryn Bond Stockton
Publisher:Duke University Press - 2006-06-28


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