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Anachronism and Its Others: Sexuality, Race, Temporality

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ISBN-13: 978-1438428659
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Slogans such as "gay is the new black," the use of evolutionary rhetoric against gay marriage, and nationalist efforts within the United States to promote the white family, all gesture toward an analogical relationship between race and sexuality in contemporary culture. Anachronism and Its Others traces contemporary analogies between homosexuality and blackness to their nineteenth-century origins--particularly the notions of "primitivism" associated with people of color as promoted by scientific racism, and the characterization of homosexuality as "arrested development," according to sexologists. Valerie Rohy explores the linked tropes of backwardness and regression associated with race and sexuality in U.S. culture and included in literary works by Edgar Allen Poe, Frederick Douglass, Pauline Hopkins, Willa Cather, and Ernest Hemingway, as well as interdisciplinary cultural contexts such as the history of science, psychoanalytic theory, popular journalism, and political rhetoric. Linking together two major directions in current queer scholarship--the relationship between race and sexuality and queer temporality--Rohy offers a critical genealogy that illuminates the ways in which race and sexuality are connected by concepts of time and untimeliness.

About the Author

Valerie Rohy is Associate Professor of English at the University of Vermont. She is the author of Impossible Women: Lesbian Figures and American Literature and the coeditor (with Elizabeth Ammons) of American Local Color Writing, 1880-1920.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (October 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438428650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438428659
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,754,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Valerie Rohy is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Vermont. She received her Ph.D. at Tufts University. In addition to several books, she has published essays on sexuality, race, temporality, and American literature in such journals as GLQ, differences, Genders, Twentieth-Century Literature, and Modern Fiction Studies. At the University of Vermont, she teaches courses on critical theory, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, and issues of gender and sexuality.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian Johnson on May 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is an incredibly well-written book, which interrogates long-overdue misperceptions. IT's a clear and well researched guide and should absolutely be read by EVERYONE who cares about queer theory and understanding constructions of sexuality.
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