The Black Body in Ecstasy


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Duke University Press
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6.3 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 1.41 pounds

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About the Author

Jennifer C. Nash is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women's Studies at George Washington University.


"The Black Body in Ecstasy is an excellent example of a 'loving critique' of a tense field...Nash's intentional, clear structuring and synthesis, and her fascinating interventions provide a solid basis for future scholars in this field."--Laura Abbasi-Lemmon "Journal of Gender Studies"
"[E]ssential reading for anyone seeking to understand new work on feminism, critical race studies, pornography, and film history."--Svati P. Shah "Women's Review of Books" (9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)
"...[Nash's] alternative readings do give readers insight into the tropes within pornography, and into how certain films upset racist and sexist industry practices, as well as upsetting the Black feminist theoretical archive's theories of representation and resistance in favor of a Black feminist theory of sexual subjectivities of pleasure and ecstasy. Nash has earned her place among a new generation of Black feminist scholars" --Sherri L. Barnes "Feminist Collections" (8/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)
"The Black Body in Ecstasy poses a fresh set of questions as it forwards a groundbreaking black feminist approach to contending with representations of black women's ecstatic corporeality."--Jennifer DeClue "GLQ" (10/3/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"The Black Body in Ecstasy makes an important contribution, and is essential reading for anyone interested in how black women are depicted within hard-core visual pornography."--Fiona Proudfoot "Media International Australia" (12/13/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"[T]his work is a significant contribution to feminist porn studies and to the analysis of representations and images of black bodies and black female desire and sexuality. The Black Body in Ecstasy starts a new conversation within feminist porn studies, an original, provocative discussion of the multiple identities and ecstasies that can be located in instances of rupture in pornographic films."--Siobahn Stiles "Hypatia" (5/3/2017 12:00:00 AM)