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FUNK THE EROTIC: TRANSAESTHETICS AND BLACK SEXUAL CULTURES

LH Stallings

LH Stallings takes funk as her starting point: here funk is sound, sex, smell and so much more. She mines the funky erotixx in a wide-ranging archive of black American culture, from self-published pornography to Toni Morrison to the Freaknik street party. The book touches on many of the hot ideas in queer theory, including social reproduction, sex work and anti-work politics, queer of colour critique, and transgender studies. All of this, while fun and filthy, is in service to a radical reassessment of what it is to be human. No mean feat, and Stallings makes a valiant attempt to push for new ways of thinking, but occasionally ties herself and the reader into convoluted academic knots in the process.

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