Black Women’s Sexuality Project Lit Review

I am doing a project on Black Womens Sexuality and here is the begining of my lit review.

I am focused on work written in the last 20 years, but historical works that changed the game must be used as well.

My goal is to use this information to work on the Doc that I mention that I am working on in my Bio. Luls.

I really need academic articles and films and fiction.

Please include recommendations in the comments and Thank you for helping me. *Cough* Moya & Jess.

Books

Jacqueline Bobo, Black Women as Cultural Readers, 0th ed. (Columbia University Press, 1995).

Cathy Cohen, The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics, 1st ed. (University Of Chicago Press, 1999).

Ann Cvetkovich, An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (Duke University Press, 2003).

Angela Y. Davis, Women, Race, & Class, 1st ed. (Vintage, 1983).

Angela Y. Davis, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, 1st ed. (Vintage, 1999).

E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson, Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology (Duke University Press Books, 2005).

Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction (Vintage, 1990). Shayne Lee, Erotic Revolutionaries: Black Women, Sexuality, and Popular Culture (Hamilton Books, 2010).

Jennifer L. Morgan, Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004).

Tricia Rose, Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy (Picador, 2004).

Janet Price and Margrit Shildrick, Feminist theory and the body: a reader (Taylor & Francis, 1999).

T. Sharpley-Whiting, Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women (NYU Press, 2007).

Greg Thomas, Hip-Hop Revolution in the Flesh: Power, Knowledge, and Pleasure in Lil’ Kim’s Lyricism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Deborah Gray White, Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South, Revised Edition. (W. W. Norton & Company, 1999).

Articles

Evelynn Hammonds, ?Black (W)holes and the Geometry of Black Female Sexuality.,? Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 6, no. 2 (Summer94 1994): 126.

Fiction

Gayl Jones, Corregidora (Beacon Press, 1987).

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006).

Films

Leslie Harris, Just Another Girl on the Irt [VHS] (Miramax Films, 1997).

Books

Jacqueline Bobo, Black Women as Cultural Readers, 0th ed. (Columbia University Press, 1995).

Cathy Cohen, The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics, 1st ed. (University Of Chicago Press, 1999).

Ann Cvetkovich, An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (Duke University Press, 2003).

Angela Y. Davis, Women, Race, & Class, 1st ed. (Vintage, 1983).

Angela Y. Davis, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, 1st ed. (Vintage, 1999).

E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson, Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology (Duke University Press Books, 2005).

Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction (Vintage, 1990). Shayne Lee, Erotic Revolutionaries: Black Women, Sexuality, and Popular Culture (Hamilton Books, 2010).

Jennifer L. Morgan, Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004).

Tricia Rose, Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk About Sexuality and Intimacy (Picador, 2004).

Janet Price and Margrit Shildrick, Feminist theory and the body: a reader (Taylor & Francis, 1999).

T. Sharpley-Whiting, Pimps Up, Ho’s Down: Hip Hop’s Hold on Young Black Women (NYU Press, 2007).

Greg Thomas, Hip-Hop Revolution in the Flesh: Power, Knowledge, and Pleasure in Lil’ Kim’s Lyricism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Deborah Gray White, Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South, Revised Edition. (W. W. Norton & Company, 1999).

Articles

Evelynn Hammonds, ?Black (W)holes and the Geometry of Black Female Sexuality.,? Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 6, no. 2 (Summer94 1994): 126.

Fiction

Gayl Jones, Corregidora (Beacon Press, 1987).

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006).

Films

Leslie Harris, Just Another Girl on the Irt [VHS] (Miramax Films, 1997).

Spike Lee, She’s Gotta Have It (Island Pictures, 1986).

Spike Lee, She Hate Me (Sony Pictures, 2005).

Kasi Lemmons, Eve’s Bayou (Lions Gate, 2003).

Donna Deitch, The Women of Brewster Place (XENON, 2001).

Kasi Lemmons, Eve’s Bayou (Lions Gate, 2003).

Donna Deitch, The Women of Brewster Place (XENON, 2001).

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Comments

  1. MB says

    soldier- june jordan
    zami- audre lorde
    third life of grange copeland – alice walker
    baliey’s cafe- gloria naylor
    when chicken heads come home to roost- joan
    coldest winter ever- sista souljah

  2. says

    i second Moya’s jawns. More?
    Watermelon Woman?
    confessions of a video vixen
    fiction? – wench, kindred, corregidora, beloved, a mercy, etc.
    nonfiction? – celia a slave (kills her rapist/owner), harriet jacobs (most explicit depiction of childhood sexual assault)

    What you have here tells me you are thinking pretty broadly about black women’s sexuality so here are some more suggestions but feel free to take or leave any of the below. I tried to mark what were classics in general not just in my time period/field of study:

    Gunning, Sandra, Tera W. Hunter, and Michele Mitchell. Dialogues of Dispersal: Gender, Sexuality and African Diaspora. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2004.

    Spear’s book or her article: Spear, Jennifer. ??They Need Wives?: M?tissage and the Regulation of Sexuality in French Louisiana, 1699-1730.? In Sex, Love, Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American History, edited by Martha Hodes, 35-59. New York: New York University Press, 1999.

    Baptist, Edward E. ?”Cuffy,” “Fancy Maids,” and “One-Eyed Men”: Rape, Commodification, and the Domestic Slave Trade in the United States.? American Historical Review 106 (December 2001): 1619-1650.

    Clinton, Catherine, and Michele Gillespie, eds. The Devil’s Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South: Oxford University Press, USA, 1997.

    (classic) Davis, Adrienne. ??Don?t Let Nobody Bother Yo? Principle?: The Sexual Economy of American Slavery.? In Sister Circle: Black Women and Work, edited by Sharon Harley and Black Women and Work Collective. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002.

    (super classic) Hine, Darlene Clark. ?Rape and the Inner Lives of Black Women: Thoughts on the Culture of Dissemblance.? In Hine Sight: Black Women and the Re-Construction of American History, 37-47. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997.

    (super classic) Spillers, Hortense J. ?Mama?s Baby, Papa?s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.? Diacritics 17 (Summer 1987): 64-81.

    (becoming classic) the new Glymph, Plantation Household (critical for anything on sex and black women from its publication forard IMHO)

    Miller, Joseph C. ?Domiciled and Dominated: Slaving as a History of Women.? In Women and Slavery: The Modern Atlantic, edited by Gwyn Campbell, Suzanne Miers, and Joseph C. Miller, 284-312. Athens: Ohio University Press

    Hartman, Saidiya. ?Seduction and the Ruses of Power.? Callaloo 19 (Spring 1996): 537-560.

    Griffin, Farah Jasmine. ?Textual Healing: Claiming Black Women?s Bodies, the Erotic and Resistance in Contemporary Novels of Slavery.? Callaloo 19 (Spring 1996): 519-536.

    (classic–bc it hit hard on the debate that there was no slave breeding) Jennings, Thelma. ??Us Colored Women Had to Go Through a Plenty?: Sexual Exploitation of African American Slave Women.? Journal of Women?s History 1 (Winter 1990): 45-72.

    And here is a link to a keyword “black women” search in my Scribe bib manager. Feel free to use and abuse it however you (either of you and any commenter, lurker and contributer) need to. It’s in RTF to make it easier to cut paste & edit: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6947280/Nunez%20Daughter/black_women_keyword_bibliography10301258.doc.rtf

  3. Renina says

    @Kismet4
    Thank you. Coming…with the Historical fly shit…I got notes below.

    Gunning, Sandra, Tera W. Hunter, and Michele Mitchell. Dialogues of Dispersal: Gender, Sexuality and African Diaspora. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2004.
    YES!

    Spear?s book or her article: Spear, Jennifer. ??They Need Wives?: M?tissage and the Regulation of Sexuality in French Louisiana, 1699-1730.? In Sex, Love, Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American History, edited by Martha Hodes, 35-59. New York: New York University Press, 1999.
    I have Spears book from Clare Lyon’s course. So yes.

    Baptist, Edward E. ??Cuffy,? ?Fancy Maids,? and ?One-Eyed Men?: Rape, Commodification, and the Domestic Slave Trade in the United States.? American Historical Review 106 (December 2001): 1619-1650.
    Would need to see the argument.

    Clinton, Catherine, and Michele Gillespie, eds. The Devil?s Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South: Oxford University Press, USA, 1997.
    HELL YEAH!

    (classic) Davis, Adrienne. ??Don?t Let Nobody Bother Yo? Principle?: The Sexual Economy of American Slavery.? In Sister Circle: Black Women and Work, edited by Sharon Harley and Black Women and Work Collective. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002.
    This is on my desk. LULs. And I think this along w/ Their Eyes is why I am doing this in the first place.

    (super classic) Hine, Darlene Clark. ?Rape and the Inner Lives of Black Women: Thoughts on the Culture of Dissemblance.? In Hine Sight: Black Women and the Re-Construction of American History, 37-47. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997.
    On my desk. Will include.

    (super classic) Spillers, Hortense J. ?Mama?s Baby, Papa?s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.? Diacritics 17 (Summer 1987): 64-81.
    Can’t believe I ain’t include Dr. Spillers. Duh!
    She has another one on Black women’s sexuality.

    (becoming classic) the new Glymph, Plantation Household (critical for anything on sex and black women from its publication forard IMHO)
    Yes…Have it on my desk.

    Miller, Joseph C. ?Domiciled and Dominated: Slaving as a History of Women.? In Women and Slavery: The Modern Atlantic, edited by Gwyn Campbell, Suzanne Miers, and Joseph C. Miller, 284-312. Athens: Ohio University Press

    WOW. Don’t know this, thank you.
    Hartman, Saidiya. ?Seduction and the Ruses of Power.? Callaloo 19 (Spring 1996): 537-560.

    Griffin, Farah Jasmine. ?Textual Healing: Claiming Black Women?s Bodies, the Erotic and Resistance in Contemporary Novels of Slavery.? Callaloo 19 (Spring 1996): 519-536.
    Need to see arg.

    (classic?bc it hit hard on the debate that there was no slave breeding) Jennings, Thelma. ??Us Colored Women Had to Go Through a Plenty?: Sexual Exploitation of African American Slave Women.? Journal of Women?s History 1 (Winter 1990): 45-72

    Thank you. Thank you. Will adjust accordingly.

  4. arieswym says

    Suggestions that have popped into my head…
    Film:
    Our Song (2000)

    Books:
    Maya Angelou’s biography series
    Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence by Jody Miller

    I was recently talking about street harassment and that is an area in which black women’s sexuality and freedom to be herself is constantly questioned so here are some articles on that which may help.

    Articles:

    Bowman, Cynthia Grant. “Street Harassment and the Informal Ghettoization of Women.” Harvard Law Review Vol. 106, No. 3 (Jan 1993) p.517-580

    Crenshaw, Kimberle Williams. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color” Stanford Law Review Vol. 43, No. 6 (Jul 1991), p. 1241-1299

    Perry, Imani. “Let Me Holler at You: African American Culture, Postmodern Feminism, and Revisiting the Law of Sexual Harassment” Georgetown Journal of Gender and Law

  5. Renina says

    Hi Honey.

    Thank you. My comments below.

    Our Song (2000)
    Black Womens Sexuality is in this? I remember seeing it in the theater. Will review.

    Books:
    Maya Angelou?s biography series
    Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence by Jody Miller
    I picked Jody’s jawn up recently, need to read it. There is also a book on Black Intimate partner violence that I need to read as well.

    I was recently talking about street harassment and that is an area in which black women?s sexuality and freedom to be herself is constantly questioned so here are some articles on that which may help.

    Articles:

    Bowman, Cynthia Grant. ?Street Harassment and the Informal Ghettoization of Women.? Harvard Law Review Vol. 106, No. 3 (Jan 1993) p.517-580

    Crenshaw, Kimberle Williams. ?Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color? Stanford Law Review Vol. 43, No. 6 (Jul 1991), p. 1241-1299
    Yes. I have blogged about these articles ad nauseum. Thank you for reminding me.

    Perry, Imani. ?Let Me Holler at You: African American Culture, Postmodern Feminism, and Revisiting the Law of Sexual Harassment? Georgetown Journal of Gender and Law
    Never read this. Thank you. Will read this week.
    #teamImani.