black queer studies | southern studies
Honeypot Black Southern Women Who Love Women
E. PATRICK JOHNSON With a foreword by ALEXIS PAULINE GUMBS “In this critically singular work E. Patrick Johnson excavates heretofore unexplored stories of contemporary southern black women whose narratives of loving other women subvert their erasure in queer histories of LGBTQ communities. Gesturing toward black storytelling traditions within which both myth and fact shape the story, Johnson values and gives value to black women’s understandings of themselves and the transformative power of self-initiated freedoms. I’ve never read an oral history as powerful as Honeypot.”—ALEXIS DE VEAUX, author of Yabo
“E. Patrick Johnson delivers again. We make a corner turn from his book of delicious tea leaves and find ourselves submerged in the long-legged pages of sweet woman truth. The stories of southern women loving themselves and other women too. Here are memories and moments shaping a new tradition of resilience and rose water.” —NIKKY FINNEY, author of Head Off & Split “Like Virgil guiding Dante, cigarette-smoking Miss Bee, a trickster and shape-shifter, guides E. Patrick Johnson (Dr. EPJ) through the magical ‘beehive’ of ‘Hymen’ (indeed), where most of the action of this time traveling oral epic unfolds. Miss Bee—a cross between Pearl Bailey and Nipsey Russell—admonishes Dr. EPJ and the reader to ‘pull your shit tight or this is going to be a very long journey.’ There is so much telling in this book and so much pride.”—CHERYL CLARKE, author of Living as a Lesbian
E. Patrick Johnson’s Honeypot opens with the fictional trickster character Miss B. barging into the home of Dr. EPJ, informing him that he has been chosen to collect and share the stories of her people. With little explanation, she whisks the reluctant Dr. EPJ away to the women-only world of Hymen, where she serves as his tour guide as he bears witness to the real-life stories of queer black women throughout the American South. The women he meets come from all walks of life and recount their experiences on topics ranging from coming out and falling in love to mother/daughter relationships, religion, and political activism. As Dr. EPJ hears these stories, he must grapple with his privilege as a man and an academic, and in the process gains insights into patriarchy, class, sex, gender, and the challenges these women face. Combining oral history with magical realism and poetry, Honeypot is an engaging and moving book that reveals the complexity of identity while offering a creative method for scholarship to represent the lives of other people in a rich and dynamic way. Also by E. Patrick Johnson
BLACK SOUTHERN WOMEN WHO LOVE WOMEN
E. PATRICK JOHNSON With a foreword by
ALEXIS PAULINE GUMBS
November 232 pages, 2 illustrations paper, 978-1-4780-0653-4 $25.95tr/£20.99 cloth, 978-1-4780-0590-2 $99.95/£83.00
E. Patrick Johnson is Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University and the author and editor of several books, most recently, No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Theory, also published by Duke University Press.
Alexis Pauline Gumbs is Visiting Winton Chair in
No Tea, No Shade New Writings in Black Queer Studies
the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and author of M Archive and Spill, both also published by Duke University Press.
paper, $30.95/£24.99 978-0-8223-6242-5 / 2016
Black Queer Studies A Critical Anthology edited with Mae G. Henderson paper, $29.95/£23.99 978-0-8223-3618-1 / 2005
The Fall & Winter 2019 catalog from Duke University Press.