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Sensual ExcessQueer Femininity and Brown Jouissance$
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Amber Jamilla Musser

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479807031

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479807031.001.0001

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Brown Jouissance and Inhabitations of the Pornotrope

(p.1) Introduction
Sensual Excess

Amber Jamilla Musser

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes Lyle Ashton Harris’s performative self-portrait of himself citing Billie Holiday—Billie #21 (2002)—as an entry point into illustrating the ways that thinking with the pornotrope challenges understandings of sexuality by pointing to the presence of violence in relation to black and brown bodies. The chapter then introduces the concept of brown jouissance as a way to think about race in concert with psychoanalysis and in order to think about projects of selfhood in relation to fleshiness. Ultimately, the chapter argues that Billie #21 illuminates brown jouissance through its aesthetics of citation and its form as a Polaroid.

Keywords:   Lyle Ashton Harris, pornotrope, brown jouissance, selfhood, flesh, violence

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