Black Gay Man by Robert F. Reid-Pharr

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At turns autobiographical, political, literary, erotic, and humorous, Black Gay Man will spoil our preconceived notions of not only what it means to be black, gay and male but also what it means to be a contemporary intellectual. Both a celebration of black gay male identity as well as a powerful critique of the structures that allow for the production of that identity, Black Gay Man introduces the eloquent new voice of Robert Reid-Pharr in cultural criticism.

At once erudite and readable, the range of topics and positions taken up in Black Gay Man reflect the complexity of American life itself. Treating subjects as diverse as the Million Man March, interracial sex, anti-Semitism, turn of the century American intellectualism as well as literary and cultural figures ranging from Essex Hemphill and Audre Lorde to W.E.B. DuBois, Frantz Fanon and James Baldwin, Black Gay Man is a bold and nuanced attempt to question prevailing ideas about community, desire, politics and culture. Moving beyond critique, Reid-Pharr also pronounces upon the promises of a new America. With the publication of Black Gay Man, Robert Reid-Pharr is sure to take his place as one of this country's most exciting and challenging left intellectuals.


About Robert F. Reid-Pharr

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Robert Reid-Pharr is Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of "Black Gay Man: Essays" (available from NYU Press) and "Conjugal Union: The Body, the House and the Black American".
Published April 1, 2001 by NYU Press. 208 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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But the vitality and importance of this collection resides in Reid-Pharr's ability to move these works—and their themes—from the limited analysis of the academy into a broader realm of lived experience and social context that makes them, as well as Reid-Pharr's own thoughts, vital and genuinely c...

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Rather the book's complexity—and the complexity of black meta-identities—is best expressed if one views black masculinity not as something that is fractured or even hybrid, but something that is fluid—radical in its fluidity—which is what Reid-Pharr ultimately achieves in Black Gay Man: Essays.

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