By Hoad N.W.
There were few book-length engagements with the query of sexuality in Africa, not to mention African homosexuality. African Intimacies concurrently responds to the general public debate at the “Africanness” of homosexuality and interrogates the meaningfulness of the phrases “sexuality” and “homosexuality” outdoor Euro-American discourse. Speculating on cultural practices interpreted by way of missionaries as sodomy and resistance to colonialism, Neville Hoad starts by means of reading the 1886 Bugandan martyrs incident—the execution of thirty males within the royal courtroom. Then, in a sequence of shut readings, he addresses questions of race, intercourse, and globalization within the 1965 Wole Soyinka novel The Interpreters, examines the emblematic 1998 Lambeth convention of Anglican bishops, considers the imperial legacy in depictions of the HIV/AIDS obstacle, and divulges how South African author Phaswane Mpe’s modern novel Welcome to Our Hillbrow problematizes notions of African id and cosmopolitanism. Hoad’s overview of the old valence of homosexuality in Africa exhibits how the class has served a key position in a bigger tale, one within which sexuality has been made in keeping with a imaginative and prescient of white Western fact, proscribing an realizing of intimacy which may think an African universalism. Neville Hoad is assistant professor of English on the collage of Texas, Austin.
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In Light and Darkness in East Africa, a writer for the World Dominion Survey Series claims of Mwanga: But he quickly revealed himself a dissolute profligate, and during the years 1885 and 1886 made a determined effort to swing the country back to heathenism. Neither the king nor his chiefs could brook the Christian requirement of monogamy, though it was being applied with charity and tact. 70 Nevertheless, polygamy as a site of resistance to the encroachment of Christian norms and practices has been recuperable in terms of contemporary assertions of cultural authenticity.
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It may be instructive to speculate here on how the Ganda may have perceived the missionaries—the White Fathers with an explicit ideology and practice of celibacy, in contrast to the Anglican missionaries who were not prohibited from marrying. Displacements around the national, racial, and historical character of same-sex sex acts and desires are a feature of European discourse on the subject at the last fin de siècle. To return to Roman invocations, strange shifts in identifications take place.