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Fall 2015


Discusses the formulations of queer futurity and normativity in Samuel R. Delany’s autobiographical graphic novel Bread & Wine: An Erotic Tale of New York, drawn by artist Mia Wolff. This love story that is depicted via an interplay of text and imagery resists clichéd homonormative recasting of existing familial templates and questions how expectations queer happiness are bounded by a persistent set of social norms (race, class, education, and income) and their intersections. Also suggests how happy endings can function as a renegotiation of the utopian impulse into something more complex and realistic.


Copyright © 2015 The Johns Hopkins University Press and St. Louis University. This article first appeared in African American Review, Volume 48, Issue 3, Fall/Winter 2015, pages 271-287.



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