The Poetics of Difference
  • Author : Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
  • Release Date : 12 October 2021
  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Genre : Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 13 : 9780252052897

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Book excerpt: From Audre Lorde, Ntozake Shange, and Bessie Head, to Zanele Muholi, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Missy Elliott, Black women writers and artists across the African Diaspora have developed nuanced and complex creative forms. Mecca Jamilah Sullivan ventures into the unexplored spaces of black women’s queer creative theorizing to learn its languages and read the textures of its forms. Moving beyond fixed notions, Sullivan points to a space of queer imagination where black women invent new languages, spaces, and genres to speak the many names of difference. Black women’s literary cultures have long theorized the complexities surrounding nation and class, the indeterminacy of gender and race, and the multiple meanings of sexuality. Yet their ideas and work remain obscure in the face of indifference from Western scholarship. Innovative and timely, The Poetics of Difference illuminates understudied queer contours of black women’s writing.

The Poetics of Difference

The Poetics of Difference

Author : Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
Publisher : University of Illinois Press
Genre : Social Science
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From Audre Lorde, Ntozake Shange, and Bessie Head, to Zanele Muholi, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Missy Elliott, Black women writers and artists across the African Diaspora have developed nuanced and complex creative forms. Mecca Jamilah Sullivan ventures into the unexplored spaces of black women’s queer creative theorizing to learn its ...

The Poetics of Difference and Displacement

The Poetics of Difference and Displacement

Author : Min Tian
Publisher : Hong Kong University Press
Genre : Poetry
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Intercultural theater is a prominent phenomena of twentieth-century international theater. This books views intercultural theatre as a process of displacement and re-placement of various cultural and theatrical forces, a process which the author describes as 'the poetics of displacement'....

The Poetics of Gender

The Poetics of Gender

Author : Nancy K. Miller
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Genre : Social Science
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Does gender have a poetics: What difference does gender make? How does it affect writing, reading, and the functions of text in society? The Poetics of Gender is a brilliant assembly of leading feminist critics whose collective effort presents the most up-to-date research on these important issues. The range of ...

Blue Talk and Love

Blue Talk and Love

Author : Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
Publisher : Riverdale Avenue Books LLC
Genre : Fiction
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The award-wining collection Blue Talk and Love tells the stories of girls and women of color navigating the moods and mazes of urban daily life. Set in various enclaves of New York City — including the middle-class Hamilton Heights section of Harlem, the black queer social world of the West Village, ...

Visionary Spenser and the Poetics of Early Modern Platonism

Visionary Spenser and the Poetics of Early Modern Platonism

Author : Kenneth Borris
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Platonic concerns and conceptions profoundly affected early modern English and continental poetics, yet the effects have had little attention. This book defines Platonism's roles in early modern theories of literature, then reappraise the Platonizing major poet Edmund Spenser. It makes important new contributions to the knowledge of early modern European ...

Big Girl  A Novel

Big Girl A Novel

Author : Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
Publisher : Liveright Publishing
Genre : Fiction
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Exquisitely compassionate and witty, Big Girl traces the intergenerational hungers and desires of Black womanhood, as told through the unforgettable voice of Malaya Clondon. In her highly anticipated debut novel, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan explores the perils—and undeniable beauty—of insatiable longing. Growing up in a rapidly changing Harlem, eight-year-old ...

Gender and the Poetics of Excess

Gender and the Poetics of Excess

Author : Karen Jackson Ford
Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The argument posed in this analysis is that the poetic excesses of several major female poets, excesses that have been typically regarded as flaws in their work, are strategies for escaping the inhibiting and sometimes inimical conventions too often imposed on women writers. The forms of excess vary with each ...

Freedom Time

Freedom Time

Author : Anthony Reed
Publisher : JHU Press
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"In Freedom Time, Anthony Reed reclaims the power of black experimental poetry and prose by arguing that if literature fundamentally serves the human need for freedom in expression, then readers and critics must see it as something other than a reflection of the politics of social protest and identity formation. ...

The Poetics of Philosophy  A Reading of Plato

The Poetics of Philosophy A Reading of Plato

Author : David Ross
Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Genre : Philosophy
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The Poetics of Philosophy is my attempt to hear what academic philosophy attempts to silence, namely, how reason resonates with madness. It is thus a stinging of the great steed of academia in order to recover and re-experience what otherwise would be repressed by the exigencies of bureaucratic-commodity life in ...

The Poetics of National and Racial Identity in Nineteenth Century American Literature

The Poetics of National and Racial Identity in Nineteenth Century American Literature

Author : John D. Kerkering
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Genre : Literary Criticism
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John D. Kerkering's study examines the literary history of racial and national identity in nineteenth-century America. Kerkering argues that writers such as DuBois, Lanier, Simms, and Scott used poetic effects to assert the distinctiveness of certain groups in a diffuse social landscape. Kerkering explores poetry's formal properties, its sound effects, ...

Poetics of Deconstruction

Poetics of Deconstruction

Author : Lynn Turner
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Genre : Philosophy
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In Poetics of Deconstruction, Lynn Turner develops an intimate attention to independent films, art and the psychoanalyses by which they might make sense other than under continued license of the subject that calls himself man. Drawing extensively from Jacques Derrida's philosophy in precise dialogue with feminist thought, animal studies and ...

The Poetics of Intimacy and the Problem of Sexual Abstinence

The Poetics of Intimacy and the Problem of Sexual Abstinence

Author : Michael J. Hartwig
Publisher : Peter Lang
Genre : Religion
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This bold work asks whether traditional Christian sexual morality, with its emphasis on sexual abstinence outside of heterosexual marriage, is harmful. Appealing to sociological studies, anthropological theories, and contemporary theological ethics, Hartwig develops a model of sexual virtue around the concept of a poetics of intimacy and applies this model ...

The Poetics of Imperialism

The Poetics of Imperialism

Author : Eric Cheyfitz
Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
Genre : Literary Criticism
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From Columbus onward, the discourse of European-American expansion has been characterized by a poetics of imperialism, Eric Cheyfitz contends, a poetics that has set the conventions for translating the languages of the inhabitants of the New World into the language of empire, a discourse that has conquered by translating the ...

A Female Poetics of Empire

A Female Poetics of Empire

Author : Julia Kuehn
Publisher : Routledge
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Many well-known male writers produced fictions about colonial spaces and discussed the advantages of realism over romance, and vice versa, in the ‘art of fiction’ debate of the 1880s; but how did female writers contribute to colonial fiction? This volume links fictional, non-fictional and pictorial representations of a colonial otherness ...