YoungGiftedandFat: An Autoethnography of Size, Sexuality, and Privilege

1st Edition

Sharrell D. Luckett

Routledge
Published November 16, 2017
Reference - 172 Pages - 7 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138038325 - CAT# Y328822
Series: Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives

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Summary

YoungGiftedandFat is a critical autoethnography of "performing thin"– on the stage and in life. Sharrell D. Luckett’s story of weight loss and gain and playing the (beautiful, desirable, thin) leading lady showcases an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to issues of weight and self-esteem, performance, race, and gender. Sharrell structures her project with creative text, interviews, testimony, journal entries, dialogues, monologues, and deep theorizing through and about the abundance of flesh.

She explores the politics of Black culture, and particularly the intersections of her lived and embodied experiences. Her body and body transformation becomes a critical praxis to evidence fat as a feminist issue, fat as a Black-girl-woman issue, and fat as an ideological construct that is as much on the brain as it is on the body. YoungGiftedandFat is useful to any area of research or course offering taking up questions of size politics at the intersections of race and sexuality.

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