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““Redemptive Softness””: Interiority, Intellect, and Black Women's Ecstasy in Kathleen Collins's Losing Ground

L. H. Stallings
Black Camera
Vol. 2, No. 2, Special Issue: Beyond Normative: Sexuality and Eroticism in Black Film, Cinema, and Video (Spring 2011), pp. 47-62
Published by: Indiana University Press
DOI: 10.2979/blackcamera.2.2.47
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/blackcamera.2.2.47
Page Count: 16
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““Redemptive Softness””: Interiority, Intellect, and Black Women's Ecstasy in Kathleen Collins's Losing Ground
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Abstract This essay examines the importance of Kathleen Collins's film Losing Ground as a ground-breaking representation of black women's sexuality on screen. I deconstruct the way that Collins incorporates intellect and consciousness into her representations of black women's eroticism and ecstasy, writing away from typical cinematic narratives that position sexuality as disconnected from the mind and intellectual labor.

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