African Intimacies: Race, Homosexuality, and Globalization by Neville Hoad

By Neville Hoad

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” outdoor Euro-American discourse. Speculating on cultural practices interpreted via missionaries as sodomy and resistance to colonialism, Neville Hoad starts by way of reading 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 concern, and divulges how South African author Phaswane Mpe’s modern novel Welcome to Our Hillbrow problematizes notions of African id and cosmopolitanism.Hoad’s evaluate of the ancient valence of homosexuality in Africa indicates how the class has served a key function in a bigger tale, one during which sexuality has been made in keeping with a imaginative and prescient of white Western fact, proscribing an figuring out of intimacy which may think an African universalism.Neville Hoad is assistant professor of English on the college of Texas, Austin.

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