English and Gender and Sexuality Studies

Saturation: Race, Art, and

the Circulation of Value

co-edited with Hentyle Yapp
MIT Press, June 2020


Forthcoming in June from MIT Press and co-published with the New Museum, this edited volume features essays on controversies involving race in the art world. From the book blurb: “Controversies involving race and the art world are often discussed in terms of diversity and representation—as if having the right representative from a group or a larger plurality of embodied difference would absolve art institutions from historic forms of exclusion. This book offers another approach, taking into account not only questions of racial representation but also issues of structural change and the redistribution of resources. In essays, conversations, discussions, and artist portfolios, contributors confront in new ways questions at the intersection of art, race, and representation.”

Recently, Professor Snorton discussed the overlapping worlds of black and trans communities with UChicago News, and had his book Black on Both Sides named by actress Emma Watson as an essential quarantine read in Vogue UK


C. Riley Snorton is a Professor of English Language and Literature and Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Chicago. Snorton is a cultural theorist who analyzes representations of race and gender throughout history. He is the author of Nobody Is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Nonfiction and an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction. The book has also been recognized by the Organization of American Historians and the Institute for Humanities Research.

2020-21 CLASSES

Autumn 2020
GNSE 20001
Theories of Sexuality and Gender


Winter 2021
GNSE 20110
Trans* Forms: On Gender and Genre