Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy

Eric Darnell Pritchard

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Abstract

Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy analyzes the life stories of sixty Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people along with archival documents, literature, and film. Author Eric Darnell Pritchard provides a theoretical framework for studying the literacy work of Black LGBTQ people, who do not fit into the traditional categories imposed on their language practices and identities. Examining the myriad ways literacy is used to inflict harm, Pritchard discusses how these harmful events prompt Black LGBTQ people to ensure their own survival by repurposing literacy through literacy performances fueled by accountability to self and communal love towards social and political change, a process the author calls "restorative literacies." Pritchard highlights restorative literacies in literacy institutions (e.g., libraries, schools), historical records repositories, religious and spiritual spaces, parties, community events, activist organizations, and digital spheres. This trailblazing study draws connections between race and queerness in literacy, composition, and rhetoric and provides the basis for a sustainable dialogue on their intersections in the discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationCarbondale, IL
PublisherSouthern Illinois University Press
Number of pages320
ISBN (Electronic)9780809335558
ISBN (Print)9780809335541
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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literacy
politics
event
Literacy
political change
love
social change
rhetoric
dialogue
responsibility
Queerness
language
school
community
performance
Bisexual
Lesbian
Literacies

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Pritchard, E. D. (2016). Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

Fashioning Lives : Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy. / Pritchard, Eric Darnell.

Carbondale, IL : Southern Illinois University Press, 2016. 320 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Pritchard, ED 2016, Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, IL.
Pritchard ED. Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2016. 320 p.
Pritchard, Eric Darnell. / Fashioning Lives : Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy. Carbondale, IL : Southern Illinois University Press, 2016. 320 p.
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