C. Riley Snorton, "Nobody is Supposed to Know: Speculation and the Spector of the Down Low"C. Riley Snorton, "Nobody is Supposed to Know: Speculation and the Spector of the Down Low"http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/259471Chase Auditorium2014-03-19T16:30:002014-03-19T18:00:00
March 19,2014 4:30PM–6:00PM
Distinguished Visitor C. Riley Snorton, Assistant Professor, School of Communica tion, Northwestern University
Since the early 2000s, the phenomenon of the “down low”—black men who have sex with men as well as women and do not identify as gay, queer, or bisexual—has exploded in media and popular culture. C. Riley Snorton traces the emergence and circulation of the down low, demonstrating how these portrayals reinforce troubling perceptions of black sexuality generally. Reworking Eve Sedgwick’s notion of the “glass closet,” Snorton advances a new theory of such representations in which black sexuality is marked by hypervisibility and confinement, spectacle and speculation.
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