Queer Race

Cultural Interventions in the Racial Politics of Queer Theory

by Ian Barnard (Author)
Textbook XII, 148 Pages
Series: Gender, Sexuality, and Culture, Volume 3


One of the first extended and theoretically informed investigations of queer theory’s racial inscription, Queer Race understands race as inextricably sexualized, as sexuality is always racially marked. The book critically and playfully explores intellectual and political deployments of the term «queer», gay pornographic videos about South Africa, contemporary literary representations of interracial gay desire, the writings of Gloria Anzaldúa, and Jeffrey Dahmer’s criminal trial. Through these explorations, Queer Race charts a framework for understanding the «race» of queer theory that both tests queer theory’s limits and suggests its future inter-relations with anti-racist work.


XII, 148
ISBN (Softcover)
Mann Homosexualität Identität Rassenpolitik Gays-Identity Race awareness Homosexuality
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2004. XII, 148 pp.

Biographical notes

Ian Barnard (Author)

The Author: Ian Barnard was born and raised in South Africa, where he studied at the University of the Witwatersrand. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, San Diego. His previous publications include many scholarly articles on queer theory, pedagogy, and South African literature and politics. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Northridge.


Title: Queer Race