The Small Book of Hip Checks

On Queer Gender, Race, and Writing

The Small Book of Hip Checks

Writing Matters!

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Book Pages: 152 Illustrations: 1 illustration Published: January 2021

Author: Erica Rand

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Gender and Sexuality > Queer Theory, Trans Studies, Literature and Literary Studies > Creative Nonfiction

In The Small Book of Hip Checks Erica Rand uses multiple meanings of hip check—an athlete using their hip to throw an opponent off balance and the inspection of racialized gender—to consider the workings of queer gender, race, and writing. Explicitly attending to processes of writing and revising, Rand pursues interruption, rethinking, and redirection to challenge standard methods of argumentation and traditional markers of heft and fluff. She writes about topics including a trans shout-out in a Super Bowl ad, the heyday of lavender dildos, ballet dancer Misty Copeland, the criticism received by figure skater Debi Thomas and tennis great Serena Williams for competing in bodysuits while black, and the gendering involved in identifying the remains of people who die trying to cross into the United States south of Tucson, Arizona. Along the way, Rand encourages making muscle memory of experimentation and an openness to being conceptually knocked sideways. In other words, to be hip checked.

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Erica Rand is Professor of Art and Visual Culture and of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bates College and author of Red Nails, Black Skates: Gender, Cash, and Pleasure on and off the Ice, The Ellis Island Snow Globe, and Barbie's Queer Accessories, all also published by Duke University Press.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1148-4 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1048-7
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