ALT 36: Queer Theory in Film & Fiction
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295 Pages

21.6 x 14 cm

Series: African Literature Today

Imprint: James Currey

ALT 36: Queer Theory in Film & Fiction

African Literature Today

by Ernest N. Emenyonu and John C. Hawley

Series edited by Ernest N. Emenyonu

Guest editor John C. Hawley

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ALT 36 turns a "queer eye" on Africa, offering provocative (re-)readings of texts to position formerly erased sexualities and contemporary sexual expression among Africans on the continent, and abroad.
Debates on the future of the African continent and the role of gender identities in these visions are increasingly present in literary criticism forums as African writers become bolder in exploring the challenges they face and celebrating gender diversity in the writing of short stories, novels, poetry, plays and films. Controversies over the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ) communities in Africa, as elsewhere, continue inthe context of criminalization and/or intimidation of these groups. Residual colonial moralizing and contemporary western identity norms and politics vie with longstanding polyvalent indigenous sexual expression. In addition to traditional media, the new social media have gained importance, both as sources of information exchange and as sites of virtual construction of gender identities. As with many such contentious issues, the variety of responses to the"state of the question" is strikingly visible across the continent. In this issue of ALT, guest editor John Hawley has sampled the ongoing conversations, in both African writing and in the analysis of contemporary African cinema,to show how queer studies can break with old concepts and theories and point the way to new gender perspectives on literary and cinematic output.

This volume also includes a non-themed section of Featured Articles anda Literary Supplement.

Guest Editor: John C. Hawley is Professor in the Department of English, Santa Clara University
Series Editor: Ernest N. Emenyonu is Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA.
Reviews Editor: Obi Nwakanma
Editorial Article. Introduction: Desiring Africans - John C. Hawley
Visual Activism: A Look at the Documentary Born This Way - Unoma Azuah
African Queer, African Digital - Naminata Diabate
To Revolutionary-type Love - An Interview with Kawira Mwirichia, Neo Musangi, Mal Muga, Awuor Onyango, Faith Wanjala & Wawira Njeru - Ng'ang'a Wahu-Muchiri
Liminal Spaces & Conflicts of Culture in South African Queer Films: Inxeba[The Wound] - Grant Andrews
Queer Africa, Capitalism & the Digital Age - Shola Adenekan
The City as a Metaphor of Safe Queer Experimentation in Monica Arac de Nyeko's "Jambula Tree"' & Beatrice Lamwaka's "Pillar of Love" - Edgar Fred Nabutanyi
Homosexuality & the Postcolonial Idea: Notes from Kabelo Sello Duiker's The Quiet Violence of Dreams - Ives S. Loukson
A Warm, Woolly Silence: Rethinking Silence through to Molefe's "Lower Main" & Monica Arac de Nyeko's "Jambula Tree" - Robert LaRue
Breaking/Voicing the Silence: Diriye Osman's Fairy Tales for Lost Children - Asuncion Aragon
Reading for Ruptures: HIV & AIDS, Sexuality & Silencing in Zoe Wicomb's "Search of Tommie" - Lizzy Attree
Queer Temporalities & Epistemologies of Jude Dibia's Walking with Shadows & Chinelo Okparanta's Under the Udala Trees - Kerry Manzo
Dilemma of an African Woman Faced with Bisexuality: A Reading of Armand Meula's Coq mâle coq femelle - Stella Onome Omonigho
FEATURED ARTICLES African Oral Literature & the Environment - Ndubuisi Osuagwu
From the Street to the World of Art: Writing Women's Liberation in Nawal El Saadawi's Zeina - Simone James Alexander
LITERARY SUPPLEMENT Pregnancy in the Time of Ebola [short story] - M'Bha Kamara
Okonkwo's Revenge [short story] - Pede Hollist
Guilt [short story] - Chioma Toni-Duruaku
Tribute to Ben Obumselu (1930-2017): Pioneering African Literary Critic - Isidore Diala
REVIEWS [Edited by Obi Nwakanma]

Ernest N. Emenyonu is Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA. He is Series Editor of African Literature Today, and editor of A Companion to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (James Currey, 2017). A Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL) and the Nigerian Academy of Education (FNAE), Professor Emenyonu is a specialist in African Literature, he has taught African Literature at various institutions of higher learning in Nigeria and the United States, and has published extensively in the field. His publications include Emerging Perspectives on Nawal El Saadawi (2010), Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe Vols. 1 & 2, (2004), Goat Skin Bags and Wisdom: New Critical Perspectives on African Literature (2000). He is also the author of A Good Shepherd: A Biography of the Most Rev. Benjamin C. Nwankiti (2003). His works of fiction include Tales of Our Motherland (short stories) (1999) and a number of children's books including Uzo: A Story of African Childhood (2011).

Ernest N. Emenyonu is Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint, USA. He is Series Editor of African Literature Today, and editor of A Companion to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (James Currey, 2017). A Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL) and the Nigerian Academy of Education (FNAE), Professor Emenyonu is a specialist in African Literature, he has taught African Literature at various institutions of higher learning in Nigeria and the United States, and has published extensively in the field. His publications include Emerging Perspectives on Nawal El Saadawi (2010), Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe Vols. 1 & 2, (2004), Goat Skin Bags and Wisdom: New Critical Perspectives on African Literature (2000). He is also the author of A Good Shepherd: A Biography of the Most Rev. Benjamin C. Nwankiti (2003). His works of fiction include Tales of Our Motherland (short stories) (1999) and a number of children's books including Uzo: A Story of African Childhood (2011).

"This books does [...] account for a large body of literature and art and proposes rich lines of thought about the studies of genres in the African context." ETUDES LITTERAIRES AFRICAINES
"Hawley's introduction, which sets the tone of the book, opens with a quote by Robert Mugabe on homosexuality, clearly highlighting the political agenda behind the edition-resistance to forms of erasure and enclosure that plague queer lives in Africa. By historicizing an intermedial, intersectional contemporary resistance in the creation of African queer identities, the book fulfills this agenda and opens valuable intersections and counter-publics for the future of queer visibility." RESEARCH IN AFRICAN LITERATURES

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Title Details

295 Pages

2.16 x 1.4 cm

Series: African Literature Today

Imprint: James Currey