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Black Queer Freedom: Spaces of Injury and Paths of Desire

GerShun Avilez


In this book, GerShun Avilez argues that queerness, here meaning same-sex desire and gender nonconformity, introduces the threat of injury and that artists throughout the Black diaspora use queer desire to negotiate spaces of injury. The space of injury does not necessarily pertain to a particular architecture or location; it concerns the perception and engagement of a body. Black queer bodies are perceived as social threats, and this perception results in threats (physical, psychological, socioeconomic) against these bodies. The space of injury describes the potential threat to queer bodies t ... More

Keywords: injury, desire, Black diaspora, queer freedom, streets, immigration, prisons, hospitals, same-sex desire, gender nonconformity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043376
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043376.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

GerShun Avilez, author
University of Maryland

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