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Sensational FleshRace, Power, and Masochism$
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Amber Jamilla Musser

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479891818

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479891818.001.0001

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Making Flesh Matter

(p.151) 6 Conclusion
Sensational Flesh

Amber Jamilla Musser

NYU Press

This concluding chapter presents the work of Kara Walker to probe the relationship between black women and the flesh. Her study shows that understandings of masochism can be shaped by particular framings of sexuality, subjectivity, and agency and addresses how people might think otherwise. The remainder of the chapter recapitulates the study of the book. By placing flesh and difference at the center of knowledge production and circulation, the book opens alternate modes of understanding circuits of power. It investigates the notion of sensation to look at how people experience power and subordination in a variety of disciplinary situations. Hence, the text is about how difference is made material through the particular understandings of sexuality, subjectivity, as well as agency.

Keywords:   Kara Walker, masochism, sexuality, subjectivity, power, agency

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