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gay & lesbian / queer / transgender studies

A View from the Bottom

On the Visceral, Part I

Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation

Race, Sex, and Other Gut Feelings

nguyen tan hoang

sharon holland , marcia ochoa & kyla wazana tompkins , special issue

editors

a special issue of GLQ “Nguyen Tan Hoang’s exciting book is a compelling account of the aesthetic, political, and queer possibilities of racialized forms of ‘bottomhood.’

Using the gut as a starting point,

As someone who has been writing about masochism and passivity in

this special issue of GLQ focuses

relation to queer femininities for a while, I realize that this is the book

on the idea of the visceral as a

I have needed in sorting through the complex forms of personhood, plea-

trope for the carnal and bloody

sure, and power that bottomhood braids into the meanings of race, nation,

logic that organizes life. It brings

and sexuality.”—JACK HALBERSTAM , author of The Queer Art of Failure

together scholars working in food studies, American studies, sexuality and queer studies, and critical

A View from the Bottom offers a

race theory, who are keen not

major critical reassessment of male

only to understand patterns of

effeminacy and its racialization in

bodily production and consump-

visual culture. Examining portrayals

tion but also to propose new

of Asian and Asian American men in

theoretical scaffoldings for our

Hollywood cinema, European art film,

understanding of the intersection

gay pornography, and experimental

of race, food, the human, and

documentary, Nguyen Tan Hoang

the animal. These essays high-

explores the cultural meanings that

light the moments, texts, and

accrue to sexual positions. He shows how cultural fantasies around the position of the sexual “bottom” overdetermine and refract the meanings of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality in American culture in ways that both enable and constrain Asian

Sweetness January 20, 2006. gimmepicture@ dirtysurface.com.

processes that link food, flesh, and the alimentary tract to

systems of pleasure—as well as to historical and political systems of inequality. The contributors seek to unearth structures of feeling, sensing, and embodiment that have been obscured either by colonialist

masculinity. Challenging the association of bottoming with passivity and

historiography or political prejudice.

abjection, Nguyen suggests ways of thinking about the bottom posi-

Contributors

tion that afford agency and pleasure. A more capacious conception of

Leah Devun, Sharon Holland, Rachel Lee, Jennifer C. Nash, Marcia Ochoa, Kyla Wazana

bottomhood—as a sexual position, a social alliance, an affective bond,

Tompkins, Zeb Tortorici

and an aesthetic form—has the potential to destabilize sexual, gender, and racial norms, suggesting an ethical mode of relation organized not around dominance and mastery but around the risk of vulnerability and shame. Thus reconceived, bottomhood as a critical category creates new possibilities for arousal, receptiveness, and recognition, and offers a new framework for analyzing sexual representations in cinema as well as understanding their relation to oppositional political projects.

Nguyen Tan Hoang is Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at Bryn Mawr College. He is also a videomaker whose works include look_im_azn, K.I.P., PIRATED! and Forever Bottom! His videos have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Center, and the Centre Pompidou.

Sharon Holland is Associate Professor of English at Duke University. She is the author of The Erotic Life of Racism and Raising the Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity, both published by Duke University Press. Marcia Ochoa is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela, also published by Duke University Press. Kyla Wazana Tompkins is Associate Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies at Pomona College.

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