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Black Sexual EconomiesRace and Sex in a Culture of Capital$
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Adrienne D. Davis and BSE Collective

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042645

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042645.001.0001

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On Being a Black Sexual Intellectual

On Being a Black Sexual Intellectual

Thoughts on Caribbean Sexual Politics and Freedom

(p.237) Chapter 14 On Being a Black Sexual Intellectual
Black Sexual Economies

Angelique V. Nixon

University of Illinois Press

This chapter provides a critical reading of Cheryl Clarke's second volume of poetry, Living as a Lesbian. Situating this text within the larger context of black women's poetry, Green argues that its erotic aesthetic works to critique the historic erasure of the black lesbian body in the discourse of African American life as it simultaneously pushes toward and away from theories of sexuality that limit and thus reduce black women’s linguistic economies to metaphors of sexual desire.

Keywords:   erotic, sexual liberation, poetry, black lesbian feminism, black arts, Cheryl Clarke

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