Excavating Black Queer Thought: A Pride Bibliography (Part III)

Pride parade in Rennes, France, 2018 (Photo: Amanda Hinault, Flickr).

In honor of Pride Month 2021, I wanted to extend the list of texts from the bibliography offered last year, ranging from traditional academic texts to memoirs and poetry collections, illuminating the multiplicity of experiences that exist within Black LGBTQIA+ life and excavating histories of Black queer life and thought that have been intentionally excluded and overlooked. Though this list is in no way an exhaustive one, comprising all texts in some way related to Black queerness, it includes some texts that are foundational to the field of Black Queer Studies, as well as more recent works that build on the theories and frameworks offered in the foundational texts from a variety of angles. It remains my hope that this list reflects the ways in which Black feminist and Black queer studies have created and propagated alternative epistemologies — ways of knowing and producing knowledge(s) — within institutions that often deem personal narratives and experiences insignificant and outside in the hostile world. 

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Emerald Rutledge

Emerald Rutledge is an English PhD student at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include 20th Century African American literature, Black queer literature, Black queer theory, and Black feminisms. Follow her on Twitter @emeraldfaith.

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