Male Same-Sex Relationality as Critical Trauma

Un-Knowing the Language of Heteronormative Dominance in Anglo-Caribbean Gender Discourse

Authored by: Charleston Thomas

The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature

Print publication date:  June  2011
Online publication date:  June  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415485777
eBook ISBN: 9780203830352
Adobe ISBN: 9781136821745

10.4324/9780203830352.ch42_b

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Abstract

The early twenty-first century has marked a strategic ideological moment in Anglo-Caribbean gender and sexuality studies. Between the years 2004 and 2006, for instance, there was the publication of three very important texts (Kamla Kempadoo’s Sexing the Caribbean (2004), Rhoda Reddock’s Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities (2004) and Alison Donnell’s Twentieth-Century Caribbean Literature (2006)). Collectively, these texts have mapped, to some degree, an archaeology of the discursive productions of gender and sexuality in the Caribbean. Moreover, with the emergence of these texts, an earlier feminist discourse in the Caribbean was further mobilized on the basis of critically revisiting (and therefore re/shaping) the conceptual languages and frames through which the sex-gender dynamic is constructed and deployed in Caribbean cultural praxis.

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