Sexuality, Gender and Nationalism in Caribbean Literature by Kate Houlden

By Kate Houlden

This ebook makes a speciality of intercourse and sexuality in post-war novels from the Anglophone Caribbean. Countering the serious orthodoxy that literature from this era handled intercourse merely tangentially, implicitly transmitting sexist or homophobic messages, the writer as a substitute highlights the variety and variety in its representations of sexual lifestyles. She attracts on gender and sexuality experiences, postcolonial conception and cultural background to supply new readings of seminal figures like Samuel Selvon and George Lamming when additionally calling awareness to the paintings of cutting edge, lesser-studied authors akin to Andrew Salkey, Oscar Dathorne and Rosa Guy.

Offering a coherent and expansive assessment of the way post-war Caribbean novelists have handled the many times debatable subject of intercourse, this ebook addresses one of many blind spots in Caribbean literary feedback. It mines more than a few little-studied archival fabrics and texts to argue that fiction of the post-war period indicates either continuities with the sexual emphases of previous writing and connections to later traits. the writer additionally provides nationalist ideology as relevant to the literature of this period. it's within the fictional rendering of sexuality that the contradictions of the nationalist undertaking are so much obvious; intercourse either exceeds and threatens the imagined harmony on which the political imaginative and prescient relies.

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