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Black Queer FreedomSpaces of Injury and Paths of Desire$
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GerShun Avilez

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043376

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043376.001.0001

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Geographies of Risk

Geographies of Risk

Migratory Subjects and the Uncertainty of Travel

(p.54) 2. Geographies of Risk
Black Queer Freedom

GerShun Avilez

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores how Black diasporic authors use representations of immigration to redefine the relationship queer bodies have to place and to offer radical visions of freedom. It traces how immigration creates conditions of vulnerability, specifically, the loss of privacy and control over one’s body, by looking at feminist ethnographies of Caribbean labor migrants to Canada and at the fiction of Makeda Silvera. From there, the chapter explains how queer writers claim fugitive movement as a way to escape forces that seek to control them and as a way to imagine freedom in the context of marginalization; the chapter does so by analyzing the historiographic and creative work of Dionne Brand. The writers discussed in this chapter reimagine marginalization resulting from immigration as an unexpected pathway of flight and fugitivity.

Keywords:   privacy, Makeda Silvera, Dionne Brand, Canada, Immigration, feminist ethnography, fugitivity, marginalization, Caribbean

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