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Faculty Book: David A. Gerstner

David A. Gerstner

Queer Pollen: White Seduction, Black Male Homosexuality, and the Cinematic
(University of Illinois Press, 2011)
Selected as Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2012

Queer Pollen discusses three notable black queer twentieth-century artists—painter and writer Richard Bruce Nugent, author James Baldwin, and filmmaker Marlon Riggs—and the unique ways they turned to various media to work through their experiences living as queer black men. Gerstner elucidates the complexities in expressing queer black desire through traditional art forms such as painting, poetry, and literary prose or in the industrial medium of cinema. This challenge is made particularly sharp when the terms “black” and “homosexuality” come freighted with white ideological conceptualizations. David A. Gerstner (Prof., Staten Island) is on the doctoral faculty in theatre and film studies.

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Submitted on: MAR 1, 2011

Category: Comparative Literature, Faculty Books, Theatre