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The Sexual Demon of Colonial Power

Pan-African Embodiment and Erotic Schemes of Empire

Greg Thomas

Publication Year: 2007

The Sexual Demon of Colonial Power is a political, cultural, and intellectual study of race, sex, and Western empire. Greg Thomas interrogates a system that represents race, gender, sexuality, and class in certain systematic and oppressive ways. By connecting sex and eroticism to geopolitics both politically and epistemologically, he examines the logic, operations, and politics of sexuality in the West. The book focuses on the centrality of race, class, and empire to Western realities of "gender and sexuality" and to problematic Western attempts to theorize gender and sexuality (or embodiment). Addressing a wide range of intellectual disciplines, it holds out the hope for an analysis freed from the domination of white, Western terms of reference.

Published by: Indiana University Press


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p. vii

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pp. ix-xii

The appearance of the late Kwame Ture’s autobiographical Ready for Revolution (Carmichael 2003) might have been a pivotal moment for Black Studies, Black intellectualism, Black politics, Black activism—and that other Black formulation at the bottom of it all:...

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pp. xiii-xiv

For producing me, sustaining me, and empowering me to think critically and passionately, I thank my family and community at large. I recognize them ¤rst of all. I struggle to achieve a piece of the wisdom and intelligence of my aunts, to whom I have dedicated this first book. My peace of mind and body has always...

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1. Pan-Africanism or Sexual Imperialism: White Supremacy, Hellenomania, and Discourses of Sexuality

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pp. 1-23

Before somebody else dies, literally, I want to begin with an illustration; to make my ultimate point about white sexual violence, historically, and Black people. I want to begin with a powerfully illustrative reference, or set of references. Yet as soon as I get speci¤c, to make this case poignant and current, current events...

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2. The Madness of Gender in Plantation America: Sex, Womanhood, and U.S. Chattel Slavery, Revisited

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pp. 24-50

Beyond sexuality per se, what is the historical relationship between sex and slavery? What is the relationship between African enslavement (whether it is called chattel slavery, racial slavery, or neo-slavery) and gender categorization? This relationship has not been clarified, despite over ¤ve hundred years of white...

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3. Sexual Imitation and the Lumpen-Bourgeoisie: Race and Class as Erotic Conflict in E. Franklin Frazier

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pp. 51-75

It is simply not possible to use terms like “Black bourgeoisie” and “native bourgeoisie” without invoking E. Franklin Frazier and Frantz Fanon, either explicitly or implicitly. Yet these concepts are often casually used outside the critical frameworks that produced them. More generally, this vocabulary may be entirely...

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4. Sexual Imitation and the “Greedy Little Caste”: Race and Class as Erotic Conflict in Frantz Fanon

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pp. 76-103

Writing for Freedomways at the close of the 1960s, John Henry Jones would note in “On the Influence of Fanon” (1968) that his popular radicalism had more than a few forerunners in the history of Black folk struggling in North America. The classic anti-racist class critique supplied by E. Franklin Frazier might earn...

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5. Colonialism and Erotic Desire—in English: The Case of Jamaica Kincaid

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pp. 104-128

Two years after his untimely and apparently CIA-facilitated death, Frantz Fanon could again be heard in Simone de Beauvoir’s autobiography La force des choses (1963; as Force of Circumstance, 1992). Though the metropolitan pair of Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre spend much time dodging charges of colonial complicity...

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6. Neo-colonial Canons of Gender and Sexuality, after COINTELPRO: Black Power Bodies/Black Popular Culture and Counter-insurgent Critiques of Sexism and Homophobia

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pp. 129-153

Any work on the topic of this text must begin in the present neo-colonial situation, precisely as it revisits prior historical realms, and in the end it should explicitly return to the current time-space of Western imperialism. The subject of sex and sexuality can be engaged with the conceits of empire or against them,...

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pp. 154-160

The world put in place by colonialists is not the only world that has ever been. It is not even necessarily the only world that is. It is most assuredly not the only world that can be. To contest this world, it is nonetheless necessary to criticize and contextualize it in ways which it could or would never envision. To replace...


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pp. 161-178


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pp. 179-194


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pp. 195-200

E-ISBN-13: 9780253117076
E-ISBN-10: 0253117070
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253348418

Page Count: 224
Publication Year: 2007

OCLC Number: 228139861
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  • Race relations.
  • United States -- Race relations.
  • Sex role -- United States.
  • African Americans -- Social conditions.
  • Sex role.
  • Blacks -- Social conditions.
  • Imperialism.
  • White supremacy movements.
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