UNC Press presents E. Patrick Johnson, PhD, author of Black. Queer. Southern. Women.

Dr. Johnson will be introduced by Elizabeth Kostova, New York Times bestselling author of The Historian and The Shadow Land.

Malaprop's is proud to partner with UNC Press to present E. Patrick Johnson, PhD, author of Black. Queer. Southern. Women. and Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. Learn more at uncpress.org.

Drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer women who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the American South, this book powerfully reveals the way these women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities--all linked by a place where such identities have generally placed them on the margins of society. Using methods of oral history and performance ethnography, E. Patrick Johnson's work vividly enriches the historical record of racialized sexual minorities in the South and brings to light the realities of the region's thriving black lesbian communities. 

At once transcendent and grounded in place and time, these narratives raise important questions about queer identity formation, community building, and power relations as they are negotiated within the context of southern history. Johnson uses individual stories to reveal the embedded political and cultural ideologies of the self but also of the listener and society as a whole. These breathtakingly rich life histories show afresh how black female sexuality is and always has been an integral part of the patchwork quilt that is southern culture.

E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University and author of Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South.

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Event date: 
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781469641102
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - November 12th, 2018