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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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From the Freaks of Freaknik to the Freaks of Magic City

From the Freaks of Freaknik to the Freaks of Magic City

Black Women, Androgyny, Dance, and Profane Sites of Memory

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Funk the Erotic

L. H. Stallings

University of Illinois Press

This chapter argues that funk produces mythologies about the body, labor, leisure, and pleasure, and that these occur in music as well as in black fiction, art, and performance centered on the potential force or energy that excites or that neutral sexual pleasures might yield. Adding to Tony Bolden's “Groove Theory: A Vamp on the Epistemology of Funk,” where he argues that the sensing techniques that black dancers employ have been central to innovations in black musicianship generally, the chapter discusses how funk's sensing techniques innovate sexual cultures as sites of memory. It brings three disciplines together—literature, performance, and dance—to theorize nonhuman agency in the street party Freaknik, as well as black strip clubs.

Keywords:   funk, black fiction, black music, black art, sexual pleasures, Tony Bolden, sexual cultures, Freaknik, nonhuman agency

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