Beyond the Black Lady

Beyond the Black Lady : Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class

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Lisa B. Thompson explores the representation of black middle class female sexuality by African American women authors in narrative literature, drama, film, and popular culture, showing how these depictions reclaim black female agency and illustrate the difficulties black women confront in asserting sexual agency in the public sphere. Thompson broadens the discourse around black female sexuality by offering an alternate reading of the overly determined racial and sexual script that casts the middle class \u0022black lady\u0022 as the bastion of African American propriety. Drawing on the work of black feminist theorists, she examines symptomatic autobiographies, novels, plays, and key episodes in contemporary American popular culture, including works by Anita Hill, Judith Alexa Jackson, P. J. Gibson, Julie Dash, Kasi Lemmons, Jill Nelson, Lorene Cary, and Andrea Lee.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0252034260
  • 9780252034268
  • 2,018,981

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"A path-breaking, cogently argued, bold study of the ways in which black women writers and public figures have engaged, confronted, resisted, or overturned prevailing notions of black middle-class women's sexuality."--Valerie Smith, author of Not Just Race, Not Just Gender: Black Feminist Readings "[Thompson] finds that some Black women are pioneering new ways to be and to give voice to a more fully actualized, human, female persona. This new woman is long overdue."--Diverse: Issues in Higher Educationshow more

About Lisa B. Thompson

Lisa B. Thompson is an associate professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY, and the author of the play Single Black Female.show more

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