Body, Sexuality, and Gender

Body, Sexuality, and Gender

Body, Sexuality, and Gender

Body, Sexuality, and Gender

Synopsis

Literary representations of the body from Africa as well as narrative strategies of writing the body have only recently begun to receive wider critical attention. The reflections on body, sexuality, and gender in African literary texts brought together in this volume do not consider these three terms as separate entities but instead as closely related to each other, each term questioning the other: bodies and sexualities that are transgressing concepts of gender, gender that is probing body and sexuality. With regard to Africa, the three concepts form a particularly contested space, because body and sexuality are not only subjected to power relations in terms of gender, but also in terms of race, ethnicity, and the legacy of colonialism.

Excerpt

The series "Versions & Subversions in African Literatures," to which "Body, Sexuality, and Gender" is the overture, aims at laying out new trails for the pursuit of African literature, to get away from outdated inscriptions and debates. It is time to undo the canonical order of literary texts to be studied and to question the supremacy that certain issues have held in theoretical discussions. Our starting point is that there is not one version of African literature; rather, there are many versions and even more subversions. There is not one way to look at this literature; there are many. Needless to say, this position challenges any notion of an authoritative, uniform truth; it opposes any hegemonic and monolithic political or theoretical discourse.

Literary representations of the body from Africa as well as narrative strategies of writing the body have lately begun to receive wider critical attention. Thus the themes of body, sexuality and gender also formed a major focus of the international conference "Versions & Subversions in African Literatures," which took place in Berlin in May 2003. the essays gathered in this volume, most of them arising from the Berlin conference, show the different angles from which issues of the body are both imaginatively depicted and critically assessed. We have tried to reflect these various angles in the structure of the present book: while the sections "Gifted Bodies" and "Queered Bodies" show new developments in viewing body and sexuality as creative powers, the sections "Tainted Bodies" and "Viol-

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