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In everyday language, masochism is usually understood as the desire to abdicate control in exchange for sensation — pleasure, pain, or a combination thereof. Yet at its core, masochism is a site where power, bodies, and society come together. Sensational Flesh uses masochism as a lens to examine how power structures race, gender, and embodiment in different contexts.

Drawing on rich and varied sources — from 19th century sexology, psychoanalysis, and critical theory to literary texts and performance art — Amber Jamilla Musser employs masochism as a powerful diagnostic tool for probing relationships between power and subjectivity. Engaging with a range of debates about lesbian S&M, racialization, femininity, and disability, as well as key texts such as Sacher-Masoch's Venus in Furs, Pauline Réages The Story of O, and Michel Foucault's History of Sexuality, Musser renders legible the complex ways that masochism has been taken up by queer, feminist, and critical race theories. Furthering queer theory's investment in affect and materiality, she proposes “sensation” as an analytical tool for illustrating what it feels like to be embedded in structures of domination such as patriarchy, colonialism, and racism and what it means to embody femininity, blackness, and pain. Sensational Flesh is ultimately about the ways in which difference is made material through race, gender, and sexuality and how that materiality is experienced.

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Amber Jamilla Musser is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Race, Power, and Masochism (Sexual Cultures)
Musser, Amber Jamilla
New York University Press
Gender Studies
Gender Studies-General
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