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Beyond the Doctrine of ManDecolonial Visions of the Human$
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Joseph Drexler-Dreis and Kristien Justaert

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286898

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286898.001.0001

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Black Life/Schwarz-Sein: Inhabitations of the Flesh

Black Life/Schwarz-Sein: Inhabitations of the Flesh

(p.237) Chapter 10 Black Life/Schwarz-Sein: Inhabitations of the Flesh
Beyond the Doctrine of Man

Alexander G. Weheliye

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The chapter focuses on the complex ways gender and sexuality function in the barring of Black flesh from the category of the human-as-Man by investigating inhabitations of the flesh that bring to light the relational, borderless being-in-the-world of Black Life. The chapter does this by looking to examples from literature and music that render the constitutive ungendered displacement of Black Life from origin and belonging habitable. The chapter also considers how Black Life must be cordoned off from the most fundamental parts of human life in order for it to resemble “life.”

Keywords:   Black flesh, Black Life, gender, Jackie Kay, Henrietta Lacks, sexuality, Sun Ra

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