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Sexuality, Gender and Nationalism in Caribbean Literature by Kate Houlden download in ePub, pdf, iPad

As a result, the book opens up existing mappings of Caribbean fiction. Framing such longing as both narratively and nationally disruptive, it recovers the marginalised erotic relations that challenge fantasies of national cohesion.

Whereas the essays in Scully

Caribbean Women in Historical Perspective. The geographic coverage of both collections, which include essays on British, Spanish, and French colonies, makes them useful for comparative research.

Focuses on enslaved women

Subjects Description This book focuses on sex and sexuality in post-war novels from the Anglophone Caribbean. Using gender as a lens to study the power dynamics between men and women has broadened our understanding of how cultural beliefs about the sexed body shaped colonial regimes. Situates women in a developing creole society that was increasingly defined by race, class, and status.

Coercive and consensual interracial sex created large heterogeneous populations that resisted fixed racial and gender hierarchies. Enslaved people exhibited their own understandings of gender and challenged their status as bonded laborers. As their work shows, conceptions of race, gender, and sexuality were mutually constitutive. Free Women of Color in the Americas. Author s Bio Summary This book is the first to focus exclusively on issues of gender and sexuality in a range of post-war novels from the Anglophone Caribbean.

The wide-ranging geographic focus, from Cuba and Jamaica to Brazil and Martinique allow for a comparative overview of the topic. Donna Landry and Caroline Rooney. Volumes concentrate on writers and writing originating in previously or presently colonized areas, and include material from non-anglophone as well as anglophone colonies and literatures. After decimating and enslaving indigenous Amerindians, they forcibly transported millions of Africans to labor as chattel slaves.

Drawing on queer theory, feminism and masculinity studies, it highlights the ways in which sex both exceeds and threatens the imagined unity on which the nationalist vision depends. It exposes both the gendered and sexual imperatives of the nationalist project and the destabilising effects of migration on masculine performance. Since the s, scholars of women and gender, in particular, have attended to this complex interplay among gender, race, ethnicity, legal status, and religion.

Focuses on enslaved women of African descent but also includes European, Indian, and Chinese women. Whereas the essays in Scully and Paton explore the post-emancipation experiences of freed people, Gaspar and Hine focuses specifically on free women of color.