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Henry Washington, Jr.

Henry Washington, Jr.

Cohort: 
2017
Field of Study: 
African American Literature and Culture, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Performance Studies, Critical Theory, Legal Theory, Comedy and Satire, The Sartorial
Profile / Bio: 

Henry's work explores how the sociopolitical imperatives of identity performance influence black men’s ‘self-fashioning’ in public view. This leads from an understanding of black masculine pathology as shaped in our importantly visual public imaginary and an investment in the truth that these understandings—how we come to see black men—help to shape how black men see themselves. He further investigates how black men disrupt our habits of seeing them through public (and thus seen) performances of resistance. They have used both the sartorial (literal self-fashioning: clothing, gesture, physical location) and the satirical (a particular kind of textual orientation toward the present and to history) as palimpsests, challenging, if not supplanting, aesthetic visions of themselves as “other.” 

 

Background: B.A. Cum Laude, Duke University (2017)