Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence

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Product Details

Price
$36.00
Publisher
University of Chicago Press
Publish Date
Pages
192
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.7 X 8.9 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780226589824
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About the Author

Darius Bost is assistant professor of ethnic studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah.

Reviews

"Recommended. . . Bost analyzes a renaissance of writing that sparked in these years [1978-1995] a second Harlem Renaissance, although one whose contributors were more openly gay. . . . They wrote to find a way to be, to survive, in the present and the future, if only as literary archive. Bost argues the power of cultural production that sustained "black gay men amid the ubiquitous forms of violence that targeted them.""-- "Choice"
"Evidence of Being critically and brilliantly moves away from claims about the anti-relational and pessimistic natures of blackness and queerness, doing so with historical attentiveness and theoretical sophistication. There is no book that provides a more comprehensive history of black gay male activism and cultural production in the seventies and eighties than this one."-- "Roderick Ferguson, author of Aberrations in Black"
"Evidence of Being conjures up late twentieth-century African American struggles for recognition in a society that barely noticed the calamity of the AIDS crisis. Bost assembles an impressive array of original writings and revealing documents that illuminate defiant figures negotiating overlapping structures of prejudice. His book is a black gay interpretive turning point: as readable as it is teachable, as original as it is indispensable."-- "Kevin Mumford, author Not Straight, Not White"
"Evidence of Being is both a compelling and informative study and an emotionally moving ritual that beckons present and future black fugitive subjects to remember the importance of the literary arts in surviving and thriving against the perils of anti-black and anti-gay violence, politics, and culture. Bost eloquently answers Melvin Dixon's call to remember 'with broad vision' the empowering force of black gay being and cultural imagination."-- "L. H. Stallings, author of Funk the Erotic"
"Moving, theoretically rich, and original. . . . Evidence of Being is an important book that should impact the contours of Black and Queer Studies. Bost's recuperation of the history of black gay cultural expression opens new lines of inquiry for scholars concerned with black sexuality, loss, history, and memory."-- "Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies"