Undoing Home: Queer Space and Black Women's Writing 1865-1953.

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dc.contributor.author Garrett, Emma Isadora en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-24T16:03:06Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en_US
dc.date.available 2013-09-24T16:03:06Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/99986
dc.description.abstract This dissertation analyzes, through the trope of home, queer characters' location in black communities and black women's representations of queer space. Embracing the anti-domestic narratives in black fiction and histories, Undoing Home formulates a literary history of black sexuality. This history challenges queer studies' accounts of black women that begin with the 1970s, and black studies' idealizations of home as the bastion of community and guarantor of heterosexuality. Undoing Home is about the social and material construction of homes that serve as symbols of both respect for and restriction on black sexuality. By bringing a queer lens attuned to the historical locations of black women's writing, I show how home becomes a central literary site for struggles over the meaning of heterosexuality. through readings of Harriet Jacobs's work with contraband camps and housing for freedmen; Pauline Hopkins's representations of homosocial intimacy in John Brown's militia; Glenn Carrington's trips abroad to meet other gay men; Zora Neale Hurston's white female heroine who can only quell her racial anxiety by sailing off into the Atlantic; and Ann Petry's violent portrayal of interracial heterosexuality, I trace how represent home often undoes racial and sexual boundaries. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Black Women en_US
dc.subject Queer Space en_US
dc.subject Home en_US
dc.subject Migration en_US
dc.title Undoing Home: Queer Space and Black Women's Writing 1865-1953. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreename PhD en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreediscipline English and Women's Studies en_US
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantor University of Michigan, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Gunning, Sandra R. en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Miles, Tiya A. en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Cotera, Maria en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Sweeney, Megan L. en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel African-American Studies en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Studies en_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevel Women's and Gender Studies en_US
dc.subject.hlbtoplevel Humanities en_US
dc.description.bitstreamurl http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/2027.42/99986/1/endless_1.pdf
dc.owningcollname Dissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)
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