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Habeas Ficta

Habeas Ficta

Afro-Fabulation and the Fictions of Ethnicity

Chapter:
(p.166) 7 Habeas Ficta
Source:
Afro-Fabulations
Author(s):
Tavia Nyong'o
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479856275.003.0008

This chapter engages recent developments in black feminist theory, in particular those that emphasize the pornotroping of the flesh, in order to outline a new theory of fictive ethnicity. Noting how black ethnicity has emerged as an issue in film and performance, the chapter suggests that a fabulation of ethnicity (as well as race) is critical to an understanding of angular socialities in the contemporary African diaspora.

Keywords:   film studies, critical ethnic studies, slavery, queer studies, mass incarceration, Mandingo (film), Manderlay (film), African diaspora

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