• Ezili′s Mirrors: Imagining Black Queer Genders

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    Pages: 264
    Illustrations: 8 photographs
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  • Acknowledgments  ix
    Bridge. Read This Book Like a Song  1
    Introduction. For the Love of Laveau  3
    Bridge. A Black Cisfemme Is a Beautiful Thing  29
    1. To Transcender Transgender  31
    Bridge. Sissy Werk  65
    2. Mache Ansanm  67
    Bridge. My Femdom, My Love  99
    3. Riding the Red  101
    Bridge. For the Party Girls  133
    4. Its a Party  135
    Bridge. Baía and Marigo  169
    Conclusion. Arties's Song  171
    Notes  195
    Glossary  223
    Bibliography  225
    Index
  • “Challenging traditional reading practices so as to generate original and convincing comparative analyses, Ezili’s Mirrors is at once an extraordinary piece of scholarship and a true work of art.” — Kaiama L. Glover, author of, Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon

    “In this utterly original and necessary work Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley reorients the study of Ezili’s spiritual, philosophical, and material corpus in ways that offer new understandings of blackness and black feminism. This magisterial achievement looks to the future—toward Tinsley’s daughter, and the students who will no doubt take this work as a new holy text.” — Jafari Allen, author of, ┬íVenceremos? The Erotics of Black Self-making in Cuba

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  • Description

    From the dagger mistress Ezili Je Wouj and the gender-bending mermaid Lasiren to the beautiful femme queen Ezili Freda, the Ezili pantheon of Vodoun spirits represents the divine forces of love, sexuality, prosperity, pleasure, maternity, creativity, and fertility. And just as Ezili appears in different guises and characters, so too does Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley in her voice- and genre-shifting, exploratory book Ezili's Mirrors. Drawing on her background as a literary critic as well as her quest to learn the lessons of her spiritual ancestors, Tinsley theorizes black Atlantic sexuality by tracing how contemporary queer Caribbean and African American writers and performers evoke Ezili. Tinsley shows how Ezili is manifest in the work and personal lives of singers Whitney Houston and Azealia Banks, novelists Nalo Hopkinson and Ana Lara, performers MilDred Gerestant and Sharon Bridgforth, and filmmakers Anne Lescot and Laurence Magloire—none of whom identify as Vodou practitioners. In so doing, Tinsley offers a model of queer black feminist theory that creates new possibilities for decolonizing queer studies.

    About The Author(s)

    Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley is Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas and author of Thiefing Sugar: Eroticism between Women in Caribbean Literature, also published by Duke University Press.
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