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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



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


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