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Queer Pollen: White Seduction, Black Male Homosexuality, and the Cinematic (New Black Studies)by David A. Gerstner
Synopses & Reviews
Queer Pollen discusses three notable black queer twentieth century artists--painter and writer Richard Bruce Nugent, author James Baldwin, and filmmaker Marlon Riggs--and the unique ways they turned to various media to work through their experiences living as queer black men. David A. Gerstner elucidates the complexities in expressing queer black desire through traditional art forms such as painting, poetry, and literary prose, or in the industrial medium of cinema. This challenge is made particularly sharp when the terms andquot;blackandquot; and andquot;homosexualityandquot; come freighted with white ideological conceptualizations.
Gerstner adroitly demonstrates how Nugent, Baldwin, and Riggs interrogated the seductive power and saturation of white queer cultures, grasping the deceit of an entrenched cultural logic that defined their identity and their desire in terms of whiteness. Their work confounds the notion of foundational origins that prescribe the limits of homosexual and racial desire, perversely refusing the cordoned-off classifications assigned to the andquot;homosexualandquot; and the andquot;racedandquot; body. Queer Pollen articulates a cinematic aesthetic that unfolds through painting, poetry, dance, novels, film, and video that marks the queer black body in relation to matters of race, gender, sexuality, nation, and death.
Book News Annotation:
Gerstner (Cinema Studies, City University of New York Graduate Center) looks at the lives of Richard Bruce Nugent, James Baldwin, and Marlon Riggs, examining the ways in which they used their various media--literary prose, poetry, painting, and film--to work through their experiences as black queer men living in the 20th century. The author shows how the three artists rejected the ways in which white queer culture attempted to define their identities and desire in terms of whiteness. Gerstner's book articulates a cinematic aesthetic that marks the queer black body in relation to race, gender, sexuality, nation, and death. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
David A.and#160;Gerstner is a professor of cinema studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island. His other books include Manly Arts: Masculinity and Nation in Early American Cinema.
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