Haunted by representations of black women that resist the reality of the body's vulnerability, Kimberly Juanita Brown traces slavery's afterlife in black women's literary and visual cultural productions. Brown draws on black feminist theory, visual culture studies, literary criticism, and critical race theory to explore contemporary visual and literary representations of black women's bodies that embrace and foreground the body's vulnerability and slavery's inherent violence. She shows how writers such as Gayl Jones, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, and Jamaica Kincaid, along with visual artists Carrie Mae Weems and María Magdalena Campos-Pons, highlight the scarred and broken bodies of black women by repeating, passing down, and making visible the residues of slavery's existence and cruelty. Their work not only provides a corrective to those who refuse to acknowledge that vulnerability, but empowers black women to create their own subjectivities. In The Repeating Body, Brown returns black women to the center of discourses of slavery, thereby providing the means with which to more fully understand slavery's history and its penetrating reach into modern American life.
Their Dead Among Us: Photography, Melancholy, and the Politics of the Visual (in progress)
“Mortevivum/Sempervivum,” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 28:3, Archives of
Erasure, Fall 2017.
Co-editor (with Jared Sexton), Catalyst Journal Special Issue: “Nothing/More: Black Studies &
Feminist Technoscience,” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, Issue 2, Vol. 2, Fall 2016.
The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press, 2015).
“Saving Mr. Jefferson: Slavery and Denial at Monticello” in Ethical Confrontations with Antiblackness:
Africana Studies in the 21st Century, eds. Tryon Woods and P. Khalil Saucier (Africa World
“Entering Through the Body’s Frame: Precious and the Subjective Delineations of the Movie
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“Regarding the Pain of the Other: Photography, Famine, and the Transference of Affect,” in
Feeling Photography, eds. by Elspeth Brown and Thy Phu (Duke University Press, 2014).
Review of For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights by Maurice Berger
and Seeing Through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography by Martin A. Berger, CAA
“Black Rapture: Sally Hemings, Chica da Silva and the Revolving Body of Sexual Supremacy,” Women’s Studies Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 1//2 The Sexual Body, Spring/Summer 2007, pp. 45-66
“Nanny of the Maroons: History, Memory, and Imagery,” Gilder Lehrman Center, Yale