The Political Economy of Frederick Douglass' Closet

Cherod Johnson

University of California, Berkeley

Cherod Johnson is a Ph.D. student in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Cherod’s research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American literature, film, and photography of the U.S. and Caribbian. Cherod is especially attentive to queer articulations of blackness in African American literature and visual cultures, and how sociopolitical claims of personhood and rights discourse are initiated and worked out primarily through iterations of anti-blackness


This paper attends to the ecological expressivity of Frederick Douglass’s closet testimonial in his 1845 autobiographical narrative. I argue that Douglass’s closet testimonial offers a peculiar witnessing of his Aunt... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Cherod Johnson (University of California, Berkeley)

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