Le Queer Impérial

Male homoerotic desire in francophone colonial and postcolonial literature


In Le Queer Impérial Julin Everett explores the taboo subject of male homoerotic desire between black Africans and white Europeans in francophone colonial and postcolonial literatures. Everett exposes the intersection of power and desire in blanc-noir relationships in colonial and postcolonial black Africa and postimperial Europe. Reading these literatures for their portrayals of race, gender and sexuality, Everett begins a conversation about personal and political violence in the face of forbidden desires.

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Biographical Note
Julin Everett, Ph.D. (2010), UCLA, is an Assistant Professor of French at Ursinus College, who has published articles on black Africa and the Caribbean. Her work on self-representation includes the art installation Scene/Unseen on Jewish wearers of the yellow star.
Table of contents
Introduction: Passages à l’acte: Political and Textual Violence in Francophone Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures

1 Colonial Sexting: Homoerotic Voyeurism in La Femme et l’Homme nu by Pierre Mille and André Demaison, and Makako, singe d’Afrique by Herman Grégoire

2 “Entre hommes et sous l’équateur”: Colonial Masculinity, Race and Desire in Makako, singe d’Afrique

3 Nothing but a Thing: The African Male as Fetishist and Fetish in La Femme et l’Homme nu

4 Loving the Alien: Rape of the African Immigré in Ousmane Sembene’s Le Docker noir and Saïdou Bokoum’s Chaîne

5 Is Looking Merely the Opposite of Doing? Rape and Representation in Le Docker noir 89

6 “L’homme de couleur et le blanc”: Interracial Desire and the Fear of the Queer in Chaîne

7 Civil Servant Whores and Neocolonial Slum-Johns in Sony Labou Tansi’s Je, soussigné cardiaque and Williams Sassine’s Mémoire d’une peau

8 The Space Between: Bisexuality, Intersexuality, Albinism and the Postcolonial State in Mémoire d’une peau

9 Must la victime Be Feminine? Postcolonial Violence, Gender Ambiguity, and Homoerotic Desire in Sony Labou Tansi’s Je, soussigné cardiaque
Works Cited
All interested in colonial francophone literature, in postcolonial francophone literature and comparative analyses of the two. Readers interested in queer, gender and race studies in a black African and white European context
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