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Onticide Afro-pessimism, Gay Nigger #1, and Surplus Violence

Onticide Afro-pessimism, Gay Nigger #1, and Surplus Violence This article argues that black sexuality presents a “problem for thought” within humanism and Afro-pessimism. Humanism continually attempts to integrate blackness into humanity, as a way to make suffering intelligible (structural adjustment); Afro-pessimism, rightly critiquing this structural adjustment, is unable to articulate “particularity” or “difference” (since fungibility presumes an object stripped of human qualities, such as identity). The article analyzes the “murder” of Steen Keith Fenrich as a trapped within the crevices of this methodological problem. Onticide is presented as a procedure for contending with the double bind of humanism and creating intellectual space for an (im)possible violence. Afro-pessimism black queer theory humanism http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Duke University Press

Onticide Afro-pessimism, Gay Nigger #1, and Surplus Violence

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Duke University Press
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Copyright © Duke Univ Press
ISSN
1064-2684
eISSN
1527-9375
DOI
10.1215/10642684-3818465
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Abstract

This article argues that black sexuality presents a “problem for thought” within humanism and Afro-pessimism. Humanism continually attempts to integrate blackness into humanity, as a way to make suffering intelligible (structural adjustment); Afro-pessimism, rightly critiquing this structural adjustment, is unable to articulate “particularity” or “difference” (since fungibility presumes an object stripped of human qualities, such as identity). The article analyzes the “murder” of Steen Keith Fenrich as a trapped within the crevices of this methodological problem. Onticide is presented as a procedure for contending with the double bind of humanism and creating intellectual space for an (im)possible violence. Afro-pessimism black queer theory humanism

Journal

GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2017

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