Excavating Black Queer Thought: A Pride Bibliography


Essex Hemphill. Photo: Poetry Foundation.
Essex Hemphill. Photo: Poetry Foundation.

To close out Pride Month 2019, I compiled a list of texts ranging from traditional academic works to cultural texts, like films and tv shows, that center Black queerness, 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(s) of Black Queer Studies and Queer of Color Critique, as well more recent works that build on the theories and frameworks offered in the foundational texts from a variety of angles. I hope that this list reflects the ways that Black feminist and Black queer studies have created and propagated alternative epistemologies–ways of knowing and means of producing knowledge(s)– within institutions that often deem personal narratives and experiences as 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.