Negro Steaks/The Delectable Negro

In his book that attempts to assemble the story of Joice Heth, (A central player in Patient.) Benjamin Reiss, makes note of a curious anxiety around cannibalism and Black women’s behinds. He recounts a story of Negro Steaks in which a medical student tricks his guests into eating the backside of a deceased enslaved women. That bit of social anxiety, which found its way into the folklore piqued my curiosity a bit and I have since been thinking about a new project on the subject. I am excited to learn that Vincent Woodard has uncovered this curious obsession, though focused on the Black male body, of literal consumption and homoeroticism in US culture. Looking forward to reading.