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Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination

Darieck Scott


Challenging the conception of empowerment associated with the Black Power Movement and its political and intellectual legacies in the present, this book contends that power can be found not only in martial resistance, but, surprisingly, where the black body has been inflicted with harm or humiliation. Theorizing the relation between blackness and abjection by foregrounding often neglected depictions of the sexual exploitation and humiliation of men in works by James Weldon Johnson, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka, and Samuel R. Delany, the book asks: If we're racialized through domination and abje ... More

Keywords: empowerment, Black Power Movement, blackness, racialization, male rape, abjection, black power, black male identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814740941
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814740941.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Darieck Scott, author