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No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies

Edited by
E. Patrick Johnson
E. Patrick Johnson

E. Patrick Johnson is Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University, the coeditor of Blacktino Queer Performance and Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology, and the author of Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity, all also published by Duke University Press.

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Duke University Press
ISBN electronic:
978-0-8223-7371-1
Publication date:
2016
Book Chapter

Troubling the Waters: Mobilizing a Trans* Analytic

By
Kai M. Green
Kai M. Green
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Published:
September 2016

Kai M. Green stages a conversation between black lesbian feminism and transgender studies. Through a series of close readings of editorials by Alycee Lane that appeared in Black Lace, a black lesbian erotic magazine, he demonstrates how black lesbian as a Trans* modifier of feminism indexes the contradiction of (white) feminist exclusion of black women, while simultaneously forging a space for the expansion of the category “woman.” Through a Trans* reading of black lesbian feminist texts, he demonstrates the productivity of Trans* as a method or optic that refuses temporal or spatial fixity to rethink the category of “woman” beyond cisgender black women.

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