Professor to discuss 'black feminist view of pornography' tomorrow at St. Lawrence University in Canton
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 11:22 am

CANTON – Professor and author Jennifer Christine Nash will discuss a black feminist view of pornography at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at St. Lawrence University.

Nash’s readings of pornographic films from the 1970s and 1980s develop a new method of analyzing racialized pornography, which focuses on black women’s pleasures.

Drawing on feminist and queer theory, critical race theory and media studies, Nash creates a new black feminist interpretative practice attentive to the contradictions between delight and discomfort as well as desire and degradation.

Her talk will focus on the subject of her most recent book The Black Body in Ecstasy (Duke University Press Books, 2014), where Nash moves beyond black feminism’s preoccupation with injury and recovery to consider how racial fictions can create a space of agency and even pleasure for black female subjects. Her talk will focus on “Sexworld,” a pornographic film that Nash argues represents its black female protagonist in “race-pleasure,” effectively relishing blackness in all its hyperbolic complexities.

For more information, contact the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at 229-5965.