Sissy Insurgencies: A Racial Anatomy of Unfit Manliness


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Duke University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.91 inches | 1.32 pounds

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About the Author

Marlon B. Ross is Professor of English at the University of Virginia and author of Manning the Race: Reforming Black Men in the Jim Crow Era and The Contours of Masculine Desire: Romanticism and the Rise of Women's Poetry.


"Sissy Insurgencies is a model of careful historical and literary analysis from a scholar who has made an indelible mark on masculinity studies, black studies, and queer of color critique. Ambitious and far reaching in scope, this book is a stunning work of sissy insurgent genius."--C. Riley Snorton, author of "Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity"
"In this remarkable work of African American intellectual history, Marlon B. Ross refuses to allow the sloppy modes of thought that have us tripping over the distinction between gender conduct and sexual orientation. He is vigilant about the matter of maintaining a distinction between the sissy and the homosexual. This long-overdue study will have a very large impact on queer studies, masculinity studies, and African American studies."--Robert F. Reid-Pharr, author of "Archives of Flesh: African America, Spain, and Post-humanist Critique"
"Including considerations of and references to works by Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and Amiri Baraka, among others, Sissy Insurgencies is as much a provocative literary study of African-American fiction and autobiography as it is an examination of the role of the sissy in Black and mainstream American culture."--Reginald Harris "Gay and Lesbian Review" (5/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)