By Hoad N.W.
There were few book-length engagements with the query of sexuality in Africa, not to mention African homosexuality. African Intimacies at the same time responds to the general public debate at the “Africanness” of homosexuality and interrogates the meaningfulness of the phrases “sexuality” and “homosexuality” open air Euro-American discourse. Speculating on cultural practices interpreted via missionaries as sodomy and resistance to colonialism, Neville Hoad starts by way of studying the 1886 Bugandan martyrs incident—the execution of thirty males within the royal court docket. Then, in a sequence of shut readings, he addresses questions of race, intercourse, and globalization within the 1965 Wole Soyinka novel The Interpreters, examines the emblematic 1998 Lambeth convention of Anglican bishops, considers the imperial legacy in depictions of the HIV/AIDS drawback, and divulges how South African author Phaswane Mpe’s modern novel Welcome to Our Hillbrow problematizes notions of African identification and cosmopolitanism. Hoad’s evaluate of the historic valence of homosexuality in Africa exhibits how the class has served a key function in a bigger tale, one within which sexuality has been made according to a imaginative and prescient of white Western fact, restricting an knowing of intimacy that can think an African universalism. Neville Hoad is assistant professor of English on the college of Texas, Austin.
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African Intimacies: Race, Homosexuality, and Globalization by Hoad N.W.