Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture

  title={Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture},
  author={Siobhan B. Somerville},
"Queering the Color Line" transforms previous understandings of how homosexuality was invented as a category of identity in the United States beginning in the late nineteenth century. Analysing a range of sources, including sexology texts, early cinema, and African American literature, Siobhan B. Somerville argues that the emerging understanding of homosexuality depended on the context of the black/white "colour line," the dominant system of racial distinction during this period. This book thus… 

Sexuality as a Standard of Civilization: Historicizing (Homo)Colonial Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class

In recent years, acceptance and tolerance of homosexuality has become symbolic of Western liberal, social, and political progress. This has been noted in discussions on homonormativity,

Race(y) Words and Pictures: Depicting and Demarcating "Natural" Preference

ELISE LEMIRE IDENTIFIES "MISCEGENATION": MAKING RACE IN AMERICA AS A genealogy of the term "miscegenation," a term which helped prohibit inter-racial sex and marriage by biologizing race and thus

From ‘Black people are not a homosexual act’ to ‘gay is the new Black’: mapping white uses of Blackness in modern gay rights campaigns in the United States

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Racialising the Politics of Transgression: Body Modification in Queer Culture

This article critically evaluates strategies of transgression by the means of non-mainstream body modifications. Queer people have used a vast array of body alterations to articulate queer desire or

The New Woman: Sexology, Literary Modernism, and the Trans Feminine Remainder

This article begins by tracing the figure of gender inversion from Karl Heinrich Ulrichs's mid-nineteenth-century celebration of the “woman's soul confined in a man's body” to Edward Carpenter's

Queers Read What Now?

  • M. Ponce
  • Art
    GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies
  • 2018
Abstract:This essay reconsiders the common trope of gay and lesbian reading from the vantage of racial difference as an entry point into thinking the possibility of comparative queer of color

Blackness, biopolitics, borders: African immigration, racialization, and the limits of American exceptionalism

  • B. Sanya
  • Sociology
    Ethnic and Racial Studies
  • 2021
ABSTRACT Centreing the corporeal experiences and material significance of bodies lays bare the border as a site for social reproduction. Utilizing critical discourse analyses on three mediatized

Born This Way: Congenital Heterosexuals and the Making of Heteroflexibility

In 1948, sexologist Alfred Kinsey stunned Americans by revealing that 37 per cent of his male subjects had had one or more homosexual experiences and that 46 per cent had ‘reacted sexually’ to men.

A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire

Queer studies, despite its critiques of normativity and its calls for a nonexclusionary politics, remains susceptible to forms of race unconsciousness— that is, subject to a racial unconscious shaped

Racial Imperatives: Discipline, Performativity, and Struggles against Subjection

Nadine Ehlers examines the constructions of blackness and whiteness cultivated in the U.S. imaginary and asks, how do individuals become racial subjects? She analyzes anti-miscegenation law,