My name is Eddie A. Moore and currently I am a doctoral candidate at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, I am an adjunct instructor of English at East Carolina University (Greenville, NC). Previously, I have worked in the English department’s of St. Augustine’s University (Raleigh, NC) as well as North Carolina Central University (Durham, NC). I earned my MA degree in English at North Carolina Central University. My research focuses largely on literary representations of the many social conditions that shape black and black queer male experiences. In particular, I am interested in the relationship of the black queer body to the national body politic, and the manner in which those politics materialize as pathogen and pathology.
Currently, I am completing my dissertation which focuses on the aforementioned concern for black embodiment and discourses of black queer well-being as they are limned by black queer authors. My project examines the “un-homing” of non-normative identities and the kinds of corporeal vulnerabilities that result from structural and institutionalized practices of racial marginalization. I examine the spaces from which racial and sexual minorities are excluded, the ways in which they are historically written out of nationalisms, and the rhetorics that safeguard and define “white-space(s).” In all of its implied emptiness, the notion of “white-space” is quite contrarily (and deceptively) full and overrun with invisible politics of social violence. This dissertation examines the utility of medicalized African American fictions to studies of the black queer male body as it exists in relation to ideals of “American” identity.
The interventions performed in my work are aimed at improving black queer health, offering insights relative to black queer spiritual expression and experience, and assisting “un-homed” subjects in recognizing possibilities for creating new discourses of “HOME” away from
“home.” My work honors the complexity of James Baldwin’s relationship to America, noting his well-known assertion: “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” I endeavor to echo this spirit of Baldwin’s polemics as a body beyond the borders, a dispossessed descendant, a resistance writer.