Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora

A study of black diasporic belonging at the intersection of queer utopian potential and aesthetics of desire, disavowal, and elusiveness. Through readings of C.L.R. James, George Lamming and James Baldwin at the 1956 Congress of Negro Artists and Writers in Paris, Andrew Salkey's proto-queer Caribbean novel Escape to an Autumn Pavement, and the trope of spirit possession in Nathaniel Mackey's writing and Burning Spear's reggae, Territories of the Soul demonstrates diasporic subjects making geographical claims in ways that confound more familiar nationalist and sexually normative processes of emplacement.

Honorable Mention, William Sanders Scarborough Prize, Modern Language Association.

 Nadia Ellis
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