David A. Gerstner’s book Queer Pollen: White Seduction, Black Male Homosexuality, and the Cinematic, was recently named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2012. Gerstner, a professor of cinema studies at The City University of New York Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island, is also the author of Manly Arts: Masculinity and Nation in Early American Cinema.

Called a “provocative triptych of black queer desire, articulated through aesthetic works and experiences,” Queer Pollen “renders a compelling and cutting-edge narrative about the complexity of black homosexual desire,” according to E. Patrick Johnson, author of Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, adding that it is “The first book of its kind to specifically address the formation of black queer subjectivity in relation to white seduction, Queer Pollen offers a major contribution to African American studies, gender studies, film studies, literary studies, and art history.”

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