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Products for grant FEL-257713-18

Race, Class, and Bodily Vulnerability in Contemporary American Fiction of the 1980s to 2000s
Candice Jenkins, University of Illinois

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"Gender and the Crisis of Black Class Privilege in _Queen Sugar_ and _Insecure_" (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: "Gender and the Crisis of Black Class Privilege in _Queen Sugar_ and _Insecure_"
Author: Candice M. Jenkins
Abstract: This paper considers how two key works of contemporary black women’s visual culture, Issa Rae’s HBO comedy, Insecure (2016-), and Ava DuVernay’s OWN drama, Queen Sugar (2016-), represent black class privilege as embodied crisis, shaped by gender and sexuality. Using a critical black feminist lens, I consider how these popular works, both part of the emergent renaissance in African American television, grapple with the state of life-or-death emergency that is black American life in our immediate present moment. These works, particularly Duvernay’s drama, Queen Sugar, delve into this sense of crisis even as they speak to nuances of black middle class experience that would initially seem to distance their characters from blackness’s most immediate dangers.
Date: 11/09/2018
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Primary URL Description: Convention schedule for Friday, November 9, 2018. My paper presentation is at 12 noon on this day of the convention.
Conference Name: American Studies Association annual meeting