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Out in Africa: Same-Sex Desire in Sub-Saharan Literatures & Cultures

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Homosexuality was and still is thought to be quintessentially 'un-African'. Yet in this book Chantal Zabus examines the anthropological, cultural and literary representations of male and female same-sex desire in a pan-African context from the nineteenth century to the present. Reaching back to early colonial contacts between Europe and Africa, and covering a broad geograp ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published November 21st 2013 by James Currey
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Christoph Fischer
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Out in Africa: Same-Sex Desire in Sub-Saharan Literatures & Cultures" by Chantal Zabus is a well researched and very academic work abotu representation of Homosexuality in language, culture, literature and even film.
With great insight, deep understanding and concise differentiation the book teaches a lot about the basics, i.e. the semantic, historical and culturally contextual understandings and meanings of homosexuality. That aspect of the book was a huge eye opener to me and a intellectually
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Recommended to Brendan by: NetGalley
(I received a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

This book touches on and deals with homosexuality and same-sex love in Africa and sub-Saharan literature and culture. From Boywives of African miners, to rape and the military it even quotes The Smell of Apples by Mark Behr and how that deals with repressed sexuality and rape of a minor and Apartheid. I will definitely be referencing this book the next time i am writing an essay about apartheid and how it dea
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willowdog
Although well researched, the work seemed to be disorganized. This is not about gay in Africa as much as looking at the literature mostly novels out of africa for sexual diversity and variations of desire. Interesting, the literature looked at begins before and during colonial times through the present
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