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Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination (Sexual Cultures)

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A book by Darieck Scott

“According to Darieck Scott, the awful legacies of racial difference and debasement are not inevitable. And so in Extravagant Abjection, he deftly paves the way for new understandings of the history and culture of black power and violence. His … see full wiki

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Author: Darieck Scott
Publisher: NYU Press
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Blackness and Abjection

  • Jul 14, 2010
Scott, Darieck, "Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination". NYU Press, 2010.

Blackness and Abjection

Amos Lassen

Power in the Black community is found in various places. Darieck Scott maintains in this book that power is found not only in martial resistance but also where the black body has either been harmed or humiliated or both. He looks to literature to support this and considers the writings of Toni Morrison, James Weldon Johnson, Amiri Baraka and Samuel R. Delany. We work with the question of what is the political, personal and psychological value in "racialization" through abjection. Sounds somewhat complicated but as you read this book, it all becomes clear. Scott uses male rape as the way to examine the question and he argues that what blackness is in relation to abjection is another form of power; this time counter-intuitive. This power resides at the place where ego, identity, race, nation and body meet and come together. Power becomes paradoxical and unexpected. This power becomes one of the resources for the politics of the present and is found at where the violation occurs.
The book is theoretical as it deals with the field of black gat studies and it tells us that we must work through the existing issues. This is a new way of looking at and understanding both the culture and the history of black power and violence.

Note: the word "black" is not capitalized as the author himself did not do so.

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