• Title: Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination
  • Author: Darieck Scott
  • ISBN: 9780814740941
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Extravagant Abjection Blackness Power and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination Part of the American Literatures Initiative Series Winner of the Alan Bray Memorial Book Award presented by the Modern Language Association Challenging the conception of empowerment associated wi
    Part of the American Literatures Initiative Series 2011 Winner of the Alan Bray Memorial Book Award presented by the Modern Language Association Challenging the conception of empowerment associated with the Black Power Movement and its political and intellectual legacies in the present, Darieck Scott contends that power can be found not only in martial resistance, but, surPart of the American Literatures Initiative Series 2011 Winner of the Alan Bray Memorial Book Award presented by the Modern Language Association Challenging the conception of empowerment associated with the Black Power Movement and its political and intellectual legacies in the present, Darieck Scott contends that power can be found not only in martial resistance, but, surprisingly, where the black body has been inflicted with harm or humiliation.Theorizing the relation between blackness and abjection by foregrounding often neglected depictions of the sexual exploitation and humiliation of men in works by James Weldon Johnson, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka, and Samuel R Delany, Extravagant Abjection asks If we re racialized through domination and abjection, what is the political, personal, and psychological potential in racialization through abjection Using the figure of male rape as a lens through which to examine this question, Scott argues that blackness in relation to abjection endows its inheritors with a form of counter intuitive power indeed, what can be thought of as a revised notion of black power This power is found at the point at which ego, identity, body, race, and nation seem to reveal themselves as utterly penetrated and compromised, without defensible boundary Yet in Extravagant Abjection, power assumes an unexpected and paradoxical form.In arguing that blackness endows its inheritors with a surprising form of counter intuitive power as a resource for the political present found at the very point of violation, Extravagant Abjection enriches our understanding of the construction of black male identity.

    One Reply to “Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination”

    1. "black people need to come to terms with the fact that some niggas like to get fucked in the ass." that sounds reductionist, perhaps even insulting, but this always come to mind when i'm describing this book to people. i think i've displaced a lot of my frustration onto this book from my more general feeling that arises from the fact that there are so few out black celebrities, to use a simple example. the reasons why are complex and i think i understand them but i think more often than not i'm [...]

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