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Venceremos? : the erotics of black self-making in Cuba

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Allen,Jafari S. (Author)
Format:
Book, Whole
Publication Date:
2011-01-01
URL:
http://www.worldcat.org/isbn/9780822349327
Published:
Durham, NC: Duke University Press
ISBN:
9780822349327
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Blacks, Cuba, Sex role, Gay men
Notes:
241 p., Expanding on Audre Lorde's vision of embodied, even "useful," desire, Jafari S. Allen shows how black Cubans engage in acts of "erotic self-making," reinterpreting, transgressing, and potentially transforming racialized and sexualized interpellations of their identities. He illuminates intimate spaces of autonomy created by people whose multiply subaltern identities have rendered them illegible to state functionaries, and to most scholars. In everyday practices in Havana and Santiago de Cuba--including Santeria rituals, gay men's parties, hip hop concerts, the tourist-oriented sex trade, lesbian organizing, HIV education, and just hanging out--Allen highlights small but significant acts of struggle for autonomy and dignity.