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Flaming?: The Peculiar Theopolitics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance

Alisha Lola Jones

Abstract

Flaming?: The Peculiar Theopolitics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance examines the rituals and social interactions of African American men who use gospel music-making as a means of worshiping God and performing gendered identities. Prompted by the popular term “flaming” that is used to identify over-the-top or peculiar performance of identity, Flaming? argues that these men wield and interweave a variety of multivalent aural-visual cues, including vocal style, gesture, attire, and homiletics, to position themselves along a spectrum of gender identities. These multisensory ena ... More

Keywords: voice studies, black men, gospel, queerness, masculinities, men’s studies, black music, black sacred music, gender studies, theopolitics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190065416
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190065416.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alisha Lola Jones, author
Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Indiana University