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Post-Apartheid Same-Sex Sexualities
Restless Identities in Literary and Visual Culture





ISBN 9780367467159
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines how same-sex sexualities are represented in several post-apartheid South African cultural texts, drawing on a rich local archive of same-sex sexualities that includes recent fiction, drama, film, photography, and popular print culture. While the book situates these texts within the specific context of post-apartheid South Africa, it also looks outwards towards transnational connectivity and cultural flows.

The author uses the idea of restlessness to refer to the uneven flow of cultural tropes, political sentiment, ideas, ideologies, and representational modes across geographical boundaries, across time and space, and between genres, presenting sexual cultures as simultaneously rooted and transnational. He focuses on how notions of race and gender, in the shadow of colonialism and apartheid, play out in the present and shape how sexualities are represented.

This interdisciplinary book offers a conceptual entry point to several areas of study, including transnationalism, literary and cultural studies, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, and African studies, and will be of interest to students and researchers across these fields. Its inclusion of a range of textual genres extends its reach into visual culture, film and media studies, history, and politics.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1: Sexual Rights and the Anti-Apartheid Movement

Chapter 2: Same-Sex Sexualities and the Idea of Africa

Chapter 3: White Gay Imaginaries and Politics of Exclusion

Chapter 4: Repositioning the Black Female Body

Chapter 5: The Routes of the Indian Diaspora in South Africa

Conclusion

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Author(s)

Biography

Andy Carolin is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Reviews

"The book is conceptually sophisticated and offers an exceptionally engaging and enlightening examination of how the meaning-making of texts is neither fixed nor stable but rather restless – open to multiple meanings by exposing them to different contexts and horizons."

Dr Rory du Plessis, University of Pretoria, South Africa

"Carolin’s book is an archival work in as much as it is a work of textual analysis and literary criticism; the book details multiple stories of sexual rights in South Africa and archives diverse lived experiences of same-sex intimacies through visual and literary texts."

Dr Grant Andrews, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

"Post-Apartheid Same-Sex Sexualities is an invaluable addition to the growing archive and body of scholarship on same-sex and queer sexualities in South Africa. It is a book which will be important to scholars and students of non-conforming African sexualities and gender identities who have a particular interest in film and literary studies."

Dr Gibson Ncube, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, writing in the Journal of the African Literature Association