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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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  • Prizes

    Advancement of Knowledge Award

    Eric Darnell Pritchard (Recipient), 2018

    Prize

  • Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship

    Eric Darnell Pritchard (Recipient), 2018

    Prize

  • Outstanding Book Award

    Eric Darnell Pritchard (Recipient), 2017

    Prize

    Cite this

    Pritchard, E. D. (2016). Fashioning Lives: Black Queers and the Politics of Literacy. Southern Illinois University Press. https://muse.jhu.edu/book/48840