Surface-becoming: Lyle Ashton Harris and brown jouissance

  title={Surface-becoming: Lyle Ashton Harris and brown jouissance},
  author={Amber Jamilla Musser},
  journal={Women \& Performance: a journal of feminist theory},
  pages={34 - 45}
This essay analyzes Lyle Ashton Harris's large-format Polaroid, Billie #21, as a site to think about the epistemological transformations that surface thinking or thinking with the flesh enables. It does so by focusing on the surface aesthetics of shine, Harris's citation of Holiday, and the politics of engaging with black femininity. These surface tensions, the essay argues, show us ways to think about the relationship between self, performativity, and brown jouissance – that mysterious… Expand
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