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Funk the EroticTransaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures$
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L. H. Stallings

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039591

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039591.001.0001

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Marvelous Stank Matter

Marvelous Stank Matter

The End of Monogamy, the Marriage Crisis, and Ethical Slutting

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Funk the Erotic

L. H. Stallings

University of Illinois Press

This chapter reviews the importance of sacred subjectivity to various black sexual cultures. In its proposal of nonmonogamy as an alternative practice for funk's genealogy of affection, relationality, and sexuality between human and nonhuman beings, the chapter addresses M. Jacqui Alexander's question about sacred subjectivity. Using queer legal theory, debates about the marriage crisis in black communities, and cultural depictions of nonmonogamy in the science fiction of Octavia Butler and the erotica of Fiona Zedde, the chapter reveals how funk attends to alternative models of family and community to challenge the heteropatriarchal recolonization that happens with capitalism and the Western model of family.

Keywords:   black sexual cultures, sacred subjectivity, nonmonogamy, funk, M. Jacqui Alexander, queer legal theory, Octavia Butler, Fiona Zedde

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