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Wednesday, 28 December

126. From Bourgeoisie to Boo-gie: Mapping the Economics of Identity and the Black Middle Class

8:30–9:45 a.m., Carolina, Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Bridget Harris Tsemo, Univ. of Iowa

1. “The Penalties of Black Masculinity in Paul Laurence Dunbar’s The Sport of the Gods,” Bridget Harris Tsemo

2. “Chester Himes’s Yesterday Will Make You Cry: Prison, Queer Masquerade, and a Downwardly Mobile Black Memoir,” Charles I. Nero, Bates Coll.

3. “Plum Is Burning: Class Climbing, Race Changing, and Compulsory Homosexuality,” Vershawn Ashanti Young, Univ. of Iowa

Respondent: Dwight McBride, Northwestern Univ.

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