Brenton Boyd



B.A., Hampton University: 2015-2018 

Research Interests:

Circum-Caribbean Cultures, Black Queer/Trans* Diaspora Studies, Black Ontology & Creolization, Anti-Black Queer Politics, Black Feminisms & Decolonial Thought, Dancehall Culture, Tourism & Tropical Waterscapes, Black Visual Culture, Voodoo/Vodou Epistemologies


Brenton Boyd is a doctoral student, George W. Woodruff Fellow and Centennial Scholar in the Department of English at Emory University. Their undergraduate thesis entitled “Gothic Lands, Queer Tides: Moonlight as Black/Queer/(g)othic” implicates colonialist anxieties in the formation of the Gothic tradition and proposes, through a ‘(geo)gothic’ approach to the film Moonlight, that the intersection of neocolonialism and heteropatriarchy generates a real-life haunting. Brenton’s current work interrogates the paradoxes, epistemologies, and violences that constellate around the study and quotidian experiences of black queer/trans* subjects in geographical sites of creolization—namely the Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean, Louisiana, and the Sea Islands. Thinking beyond academe and with/from such spaces as the dancehall and the Vodou peristyle, they trace global discourses that throw knowledge, language, and ultimately ‘the human’ into crisis when met by the (im)possibilities of black queer/trans* life in the Tropics.

Brenton is also pursuing a certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They serve as a Graduate Instruction Assistant in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library.

Conference Papers:

“Mapping BlaQueer: Décalage and Diasporic Subjectivity in Baldwin’s Exiles.” 1st James Baldwin Conference, Hampton University: April 11th, 2018.

“Gothic Lands, Queer Tides: Moonlight as Black/Queer/(g)othic.” 78th College Language Association Annual Convention, DePaul University: April 5th, 2018.

“Pray Remember Me: Counter-Memory, Necropower, and the Tragic Mulatta in New Orleans Ghostlore.” 2017 Southeast Regional Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Conference, University of Texas-Austin: Nov. 17, 2017.

“Catch a Fire: (Eco)Aestheticizing Anger as the Postcolonial Affect in Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea.” Critical Caribbean Symposium Series/17th International Conference on Caribbean Literature, University of the Bahamas: Nov. 3, 2017.


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