Sensual Excess: Queer Femininity and Brown Jouissance


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New York University Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Amber Jamilla Musser is Associate Professor of American Studies at George Washington University and the author of Sensual Excess, also published by NYU Press.


"This book is a model for how to read, engage, think with, and celebrate black, brown, feminist, queer, and sex-centered art practices. Sensual Excess is a sustained argument for and celebration of the sensual politics of work by artists like Xandra Ibarra, Mickalene Thomas, Nao Bustamante, and Lyle Ashton Harris. Mussers writing centers on the performative space of the encounter with art objects and practicesblack and brown life unfolds not only in these artworks but around and through them. Mussers writing is distinguished by a devotion to the material detail of these works, to their vitality, to their philosophical intensities, to their ecstatic and transformative potential."--Jennifer Doyle, author of Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art
"In a feat of sheer poeticism, Sensual Excess offers readers a lucid consideration of various representational strategies employed by artists of color in order to rewrite the scripts positioned on their bodies. Mussers attunement to the sensesespecially taste, touch, and smelllend a particularly textured quality to the book, and aids in her brilliant construction of an expansive and juicy framework for pondering the rich versions of the self, and the other, as staged in brown feminine performance."--Uri McMillan, author of Embodied Avatars: Geneaologies of Black Feminist Art and Performance
"Tending to a lush theoretical ground of brownness and being realized through the senses, Amber Musser's Sensual Excess: Queer Femininity and Brown Jouissance challenges the very dimensions of normative ways of reading and sensing minoritarian epistemologies.... Inviting empathy and embodiment to ways of knowing, the text pulses with both sentient and critical offerings from an archive of explicit body performances that center racialized and sexualized works of art."--Women & Performance