New PDF release: African Intimacies: Race, Homosexuality, and Globalization

By Hoad N.W.

ISBN-10: 0816649154

ISBN-13: 9780816649150

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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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State Department, who threaten with sanctions any country that dares produce its own cheap version of American patented medicines. OK? ” Justin gives Lorbeer a reassuring nod. S. dollars apiece in Nairobi, six in New York, eighteen in Manila. Any day now, India’s going to manufacture the generic version and the same pill will cost sixty cents. Don’t talk to me about the research and development costs. The pharmaceutical boys wrote them off ten years ago and a lot of their money comes from governments in the first place, so they’re talking crap.

Siobhan Somerville, in “Scientific Racism and the Emergence of the Homosexual Body,”30 elaborates how theories of scientific racism, themselves deeply enmeshed in evolutionary arguments, are used in the production of “medical” knowledge of the homosexual body. Somerville elucidates the racial analogies in the third sex or gender continuum models of homosexuality. 31 It is clear that Mwanga, who is racially other, ornamented like a woman, and given over to unnameable sexual acts, must have been a AFRICAN SODOMY IN THE MISSIONARY POSITION 9 seductive figure over which the new popular and scientific discourse of homosexuality could have played out.

Is not a bad place to begin. Cynically speaking, the pharmaceuticals in Africa allow Le Carré as a novelist to give continued life to the set of narrative conventions he mastered in writing about the Cold War. Yet, within that maneuvering, agentive possibilities may emerge. The novel remains useful to me in the ways that it gives a multiscalar analysis of the pandemic—from the transnational to the national to the local to the personal—narrative and affective content. 45 Methodologically, the book interrogates the difficulty of subsuming a range of historical experiences and representations under the banners of sexuality and homosexuality, though these are terms that I cannot quite do without.

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