Deborah Whaley’s 2011 article, “Spike Lee’s Phantasmagoric Fantasy and the Black Female Sexual Imaginary in She Hate Me,” explores the sexual politics in the 2004 film, asserting that while Lee purports to challenge normative assumptions of black female sexuality, he actually reinforces and reifies conservative sexual and family values. On the surface, this film […]
Marcus Christopher Alt’s 2015 dissertation examines the place and experience of gay identity within the US military. Using interviews with thirteen servicemen – some actively serving, others retired – Alt explores concepts of masculinity within the military and through the experiences of the interviewees. There were no set criteria pertaining to “outness” of sexual […]
Ed Check’s 1992 article, “Queers, Art and Education” combines academic inquiry and personal reflection in examining how one’s sexual orientation impacts one’s teaching and and scholarly work. Subtle wonderment, years ago, on my part, as to how my sexual orientation would impact my life and art has given way to an overt activism which affects all […]
A tri-autobiography, Tight Spaces shares the remarkable stories of three women (and UI students): Kesho Scott, Cherry Muhanji, and Egyirba High. Their stories and essays examine the social and physical geographies of the Midwest and the place of race, class, age, gender, and sexuality within them. These “tight spaces” are opened and explored, fleshed out and felt, in the sensitive, wry, and determined voices of the book.