Private Affairs: Critical Ventures in the Culture of Social by Phillip Harper
By Phillip Harper
In deepest Affairs, Phillip Brian Harper explores the social and cultural value of the non-public, offering that, faraway from a common correct, privateness is proscribed by means of one's racial-and sexual-minority prestige. Ranging throughout cinema, literature, sculpture, and lived encounters-from Rodin's The Kiss to Jenny Livingston's Paris is Burning-Private Affairs demonstrates how the very thought of privateness creates own and sociopolitical hierarchies in modern the USA.
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I have also postulated the rather different significance of the kiss in representations of a certain type of mixed-race relationship, where, rather than implicating a realm of personal privacy, the kiss expresses a relation of private property wherein the white man’s sov ereignty over his private dominion is solidified at the expense of the black woman’s control over her own private realm. Now the 21 P R I VAT E A F F A I R S question before us is, What does the kiss signify in a same-sex in stantiation?
All rights reserved. heretofore “innocent” parties—resembles anxiety over the encroach ment of alien claims on the domestic sphere. S. culture can be discerned through consideration of one particu larly notorious recent legal case. Until 1983, Sharon Kowalski and Karen Thompson maintained a closeted lesbian relationship in St. Cloud, Minnesota, having made no legal provisions by which to protect their attachment. In 1983, Kowalski was in a car accident that left her seriously disabled, unable either to speak or to walk.
Domestic) life. Of course, the theo rization of that constitutive function, which is by no means complete, has a history reaching at least as far back as Friedrich Engels (see The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State [1884; New York: International Publish ers, 1942]). The ramifications of the particular type of interracial, intergender rela tion that I am describing here are compellingly addressed by Patricia J. Williams. See her essay “On Being the Object of Property,” in The Alchemy of Race and Rights (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991) 216–36.