Fair, Freda L. and Mahaliah A. Little. “Erotic Illegibility and Desire in Representations of Black Sexuality –  Erotic Representation in Underground.” American Quarterly, vol. 71 no. 1, 2019, p. 151-159.

“Freda and I share an investment in representation: in the ways that fiction and critical speculation can accomplish what seems comparably inaccessible, unattainable, or insurmountable to stark empiricism’s naked eye. To consider the question of ephemeral intimacy and erotic encounters among enslaved subjects, speculation rather ironically emerges as the most practical means of analysis.”

Little, Mahaliah A. “Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being: Review.” Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, vol. 6, no. 1, 2017, pp. 137–140.

“Sharpe situates contemporary arguments in deep historical sediment and deftly demonstrates the past’s proximity to our modern present. She ruminates on the ungreivablility of Black suffering and death, writing that “. . . the disaster of the Holocaust is available as human tragedy in a way that slavery, revolution, and their aftermaths are not” (p. 34). She temporally recasts Black suffering, and her questions and the deep consideration their answers would suggest that

the past is written in ink that still threatens to smear if swiped.”

Little, Mahaliah A. “Why Don’t We Love These Hoes?: Black Women, Popular Culture, and the Contemporary Hoe Archetype.” Black Female Sexualities. Ed. Trimiko Melancon and Joanne M. Braxton. New Brunswick: Rutgers New Brunswick, 2015. 89-99.

“The hoe has evolved into a monstrous figure: a rogue, modern-day embodiment of Eve who is conniving and self-indulgent. It is precisely because of these implications of the term that—regardless of the action or reason that leads someone to label a black woman a hoe—it is assumed that she is a type of sexual deviant, even if that assumption is not explicitly acknowledged. These beliefs spawned the line of reasoning that hoes cannot be trusted and that their behavior cannot be reformed. Given the contradictory nature of the beliefs and assumptions about what a hoe is and what sort of debauchery hoes are considered capable of, they occupy a precarious position of being both admired and scorned in contemporary black society.”