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Title:Queer valences in African literatures and film
Editors:Osinubi, Taiwo Adetunji
Hoad, NevilleISNI
Periodical:Research in African Literatures (ISSN 0034-5210)
City of publisher:Bloomington, IN
Publisher:Indiana University Press
Geographic term:Africa
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/issue/33725
Abstract:Until recently there was virtually no public discourse about homosexuality in most African countries. Twenty years ago, even widespread negative representations were largely unthinkable. Today, the queer (lesbian, gay, intersexed, transgendered, or indeterminate) has gained a new visibility in the political discourse of African democracies, in circulating ideas of Africa, and in the claims of new transnational networks criticizing the legal and social predicaments faced by African sexual minorities. Aiming to do justice to the diversity of African queer representations, this special issue contends with co-implicated areas of representation: representation in the political sphere of law, civil society and deliberative democracy; and representation as esthetic re-presentation. It also investigates the quest for commonplaceness: the shared desire in contemporary African queer writing for freedom from vulnerability and a matter-of-fact state of being, which is not the same as a quest for normativization of sexual life. Contributions: Queer prolepsis and the sexual commons: an introduction (Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi); Queer customs against the law (Neville Hoad); Same-sex intimacies in the early African text 'Gädlä Wälättä Petros' (1672): queer reading an Ethiopian woman saint (Wendy Laura Belcher); Genealogies of desire, extravagance, and radical queerness in Frieda Ekotto's 'Chuchote pas trop' (Naminata Diabate); 'Friend and lover': the erotics of female friendship in Christiansë's 'Unconfessed and Ntshingila's 'Shameless' (Kaelyn Kaoma); 'She who creates havoc is here': a queer bisexual reading of sexuality, dance, and social critique in 'Karmen Geï' (Cheryl Stobie); Contested borders: cultural translation and queer politics in contemporary francophone writing from the Maghreb (William J. Spurlin); Locating 'queer' in contemporary writing of love and war in Nigeria (Brenna Munro); The emergent queer: homosexuality and Nigerian fiction in the 21st century (Lindsey Green-Simms); Micro-politics of buttocks: the queer intimacies of Chinua Achebe (Taiwo Adetunji Osinubi). [ASC Leiden abstract]