Queer Inheritance and Intimate Affiliations
The fourth chapter explores the bio-medicalized forms of human bio-cargo to find expression in the sign of “blood” as the particularized biological “matter” of family history, now articulated in enthusiasm for DNA mapping as a way to restore family genealogies lost in the Middle Passage. The chapter looks to creative works by Bernardine Evaristo, Dorothea Smartt, and Inge Blackman, and Isaac Julien, which provide compelling anti-genealogies of intimacy and belonging irreducible to the brute substance of bio-matter.
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