Annotated Bib #3
1) Queering the Color Line
2) Siobhan Somerville: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American
3) The author dissects the ways in which society has come to view constructions of racial identity as natural. Somerville exposes the ways in which racist ideologies have come to frame science invent race and homosexuality. She uses the mulatto figure represented in American fiction to expose how the mixed body inverts notions of gender formation. Desire of the other is a central theme in shaping the social identities of mixed bodies. Deviance of these bodies becomes linked with constructions of homosexuality. Somerville highlights the ways in which mulattos are framed as ambiguous figures disrupting normative standards. Somerville writes of how scientific discourse of sexuality was developed through ideologies of race. How does then does this then frame queers of color in relation to homo-normativity?
4) Cherrie Moraga's Loving the War Years is a great resource.
5) I found this book working on another project. Suzanne Bost author of Mulattas and Mestiza's heavily referenced this book in her work.
6) Somerville, Siobhan B. Queering the Color Line: Race and the
Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture. Durham,
[NC: Duke UP, 2000. Print.
1) Bodies That Matter
2) Judith Butler
3) In chapter one Bodies That matter Butler engages with the work of Irigaray. Butler seeks to bring the body back into view from the realm theory. In many ways it seems that one cannot truly live their body in that we can only mimic gender. Butler discusses the ways in which materiality is experienced through discourse, what is material is produced though power. Thus the materialization of bodies is in constitution of norms. Butler writes " If gender is the social construction of sex, and if there is no access to this "sex" expect by means of its construction, then it appears not only that sex is absorbed by gender, but that "sex" becomes something like a fiction" (Butler, XV). What interest me is that there is not sex before construction; therefore any performance of gender is mimicry. Than I am lead to wonder if any non normative performance mocks this construction and as such is a form of resistance?
4) Butler critiques Irigaray's theories of which I am not familiar. I feel that reading Irigaray may be necessary to further understand this text. As well as Nella Larson author of Passing, which I am slightly familiar.
5) This text was a suggestion by a classmate. I do own the book, however I have not been able to read previous to this project. Obviously Butlers work is familiar to most in gender studies.
6) Butler, Judith. "Introduction/ Bodies That Matter." Introduction. Bodies That
Matter: on the Discursive Limits of "sex" New York: Routledge, 1993. XI-27. Print.
1) Paris is Burning http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggreEl4zV3Y
2) Documentary by Jennie Livingston
3) This film documents the lives of New York's "Drag Queens" of color. Many times throughout the film people spoke of the need to create oneself. The film is centered around Ball's in which there is a competition for recognition. The goal of the competition was to look as natural as you could. If you could pass in the outside world you have made it. There was a need to be the best that one could be. The Ball was a place where one could appear to be rich, successful, beautiful, all of the things the outside world denied them. For some there was the opportunity to find the acceptance of a family. The part that drew me the most was in the stealing of clothing. There was a symbolic meaning in this as well, in which one steals an identity a self from the white man's world in order to be seen.
4) Someone mentioned this source in class, I looked it up on youtube where there was a full version.
5) Paris Is Burning. Prod. Jennie Livingston, Barry Swimar, Claire Goodman,
Meg McLagan, Nigel Finch, and Davis Lacy. Dir. Jennie Livingston. By Jonathan Oppenheim, Paul Gibson, Maryse Alberti, and Stacia Thompson. [Prestige], 1990. Youtube.