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1. Queer Transexions of Race, Nation, and Gender: An Introduction–Phillip Brian Harper, Anne McClintock, José Esteban Muñoz, Trish Rosen
2. Gay Male Identities, Personal Privacy, and Relations of Public Exchange: Notes on Directions for Queer Critique –Phillip Brian Harper
3. Out Here and Over There: Queerness and Diaspora in Asian American Studies–David L. Eng
4. Educating Desire: Thailand, Transnationalism, and Transgression–Rosalind C. Morris
5. "The White to Be Angry": Vaginal Davis's Terrorist Drag–José Esteban Muñoz
6. Mackdaddy, Superfly, Rapper: Gender, Race, and Masculinity in the Drag King Scene –Judith Halberstam
7. A Man in the House: The Boyfriends of Brazilian Travesti Prostitutes–Don Kulick
8. Queer Comrades: Winnie Mandela and the Moffies–Rachel Holmes
9. Cultures and Carriers: "Typhoid Mary" and the Science of Social Control–Priscilla Wald
10. One Percent on the Burn Chart: Gender, Genitals, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude–David Valentine, Riki Anne Wilchins
11. Leatherdyke Boys and Their Daddies: How to Have Sex without Women or Men–C. Jacob Hale
12. A Response to C. Jacob Hale–Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
13. AIDS, the Problem of Representation, and Plurality in Derek Jarman's Blue–Tim Lawrence
14. Merely Cultural–Judith Butler
15. Heterosexism, Misrecognition, and Capitalism: A Response to Judith Butler–Nancy Fraser
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Until now, queer theory has largely been silent about questions of race, especially when considered in an international context. Much postcolonial theory has been silent about questions regarding gender and sexuality. This special issue of Social Text explores the relations between race and queer sexuality by focusing on the politics of transgression in a transnational world.
In the first section of this issue, Race and Queer Sexuality, international authors address topics ranging from Asian American queer identity and its relation to transnational and diasporic concerns to homophobia and its relationship to black nationalism in South Africa. Other subjects include, sexuality, race, and public space; lesbian pedagogy and the nation in Latin America; and an analysis of cross-race and cross-gender drag in the work of L.A. drag queen Vaginal Creme Davis. In the second section, The Politics of Transgression, contributors focus on transgression and its relationship to power and history. One essay explores Irish immigration in the U.S. and the Irish female body as a figure of transnational contagion and blood panic, while another focuses on Oscar Wilde, race, and queer sexuality. Other pieces include a meditation on British filmmaker and writer Derek Jarman’s film, Blue.
Race and Queer Sexuality confronts the limitations of prior work in queer theory while providing a starting point for discussion of race, queer sexuality, and the politics of transgression that will be part of queer theory of the future.
Contributors. Judith Butler, David Eng, Licia Fiol-Mata, Judith Halberstam, Phillip Brian Harper, Neville Hoad, Rachel Holmes, Don Kulick, Tim Lawrence, Rosalind Morris, José Esteban Muñoz, Ben Singer, David Valentine, Priscilla Wald, Riki Anne Wilchins