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Title:Daring to speak its name: the representation of a lesbian relationship in the work of Rozena Maart
Author:Murray, JessicaISNI
Periodical:The English Academy Review (ISSN 1753-5360)
Geographic term:South Africa
short stories
interpersonal relations
About person:Rozena MaartISNI
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10131752.2011.617994
Abstract:This article explores the representation of a lesbian relationship in a contemporary South African short story. It takes an intersectional approach to the reading of lesbianism and considers how the race, gender and geographical location of the lesbian body restrict the relationship options that are open to lesbians in a society where heterosexual partnering constitutes the norm. By means of a close reading of 'No Rosa, No District 6' by Rozena Maart, the article illustrates the heteronormative pressures that structure the daily choices that lesbians must make in their relationships with one another as well as the ways in which other characters make sense of these relationships. While the researcher's work is motivated by a desire to address the silencing that seems to characterize much of the scholarly engagement with South African works of fiction that depict lesbianism, the focus of the article is on the textual representations of heteronormativity, and lesbian defiance thereof, as depicted in Maart's short story. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]