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By Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman

In Against the Closet, Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman interrogates and demanding situations cultural theorists' interpretations of sexual transgression in African American literature. She argues that, from the mid-nineteenth century throughout the 20th, black writers used depictions of erotic transgression to contest well known theories of id, pathology, nationwide belonging, and racial distinction in American tradition. Connecting metaphors of sexual transgression to express ancient classes, Abdur-Rahman explains how tropes resembling sadomasochism and incest illuminated the psychodynamics of specific racial accidents and instructed kinds of social fix and political redress from the time of slavery, via post-Reconstruction and the civil rights and black strength hobbies, to the past due 20th century.

Abdur-Rahman brings black feminist, psychoanalytic, serious race, and poststructuralist theories to endure on literary genres from slave narratives to technological know-how fiction. studying works by means of African American writers, together with Frederick Douglass, Pauline Hopkins, Harriet Jacobs, James Baldwin, and Octavia Butler, she exhibits how literary representations of transgressive sexuality expressed the longings of African americans for person and collective freedom. Abdur-Rahman contends that these representations have been primary to the improvement of African American kinds of literary expression and modes of political intervention and cultural self-fashioning.

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In opposed to the Closet, Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman interrogates and demanding situations cultural theorists' interpretations of sexual transgression in African American literature. She argues that, from the mid-nineteenth century in the course of the 20th, black writers used depictions of erotic transgression to contest well known theories of id, pathology, nationwide belonging, and racial distinction in American tradition.

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