Samantha Tenorio
WOMEN-LOVING WOMEN: QUEERING BLACK
URBAN SPACE DURING THE HARLEM
RENAISSANCE
INTRODUCTION
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Statement of Purpose
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examine the ways in which certain sites and forms
of cultural production during the Harlem
Renaissance provide a space for, and even foster,
the transgression of racial and sexual norms, and
thus informed the formation of new identities, such
as that of women-loving women.
OUTLINE
Introduction-Thesis
 Challenging Queer Theory
 The Blues: Articulating a Newfound Freedom
 The Cabaret: Queering Time and Space
 Literature: Confronting Black Female Sexuality
through a Queer Lens
 Conclusion
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THE CABARET: CRITIQUING UPLIFT AND RESISTING
WHITE SUPREMACY SIMULTANEOUSLY
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“Criminal intimacies”1
After hours
Confounding narratives
of racial and sexual
uplift
1 Shane
Vogel uses this term in his
book The Scene of Harlem Cabaret,
citing Lauren Berlant and Michael
Warner
CONCLUSION
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Bridging the gap
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Queer Studies and
African American Studies
The importance of
intersectionality
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