African Queer Dialectics and Politics: Simulation and Simulacra (Hardback)S. N. Nyeck (author)
Hardback Published: 24/04/2020
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This book reflects on queer identity struggles through selected African films, Proteus, Touki Bouki & Karmen Gei, Round Trip & Madame Brouette. It focuses on the symbolic interactions, negotiation styles and strategies of queer characters in each film to develop the idea of queer politics as simulation and simulacra following Baudrillard's (1994) characterization of the postmodern condition in mass reproduction. In these selected works, queer characters negotiate desire and power in ways that embody and exhaust context-bound conditions of pain and rejection. Simultaneously, symbolic social interactions, even restrictive ones, provide all queer characters with the instruments of emancipation within and beyond queerness. That is, characters deploy strategic behaviors in everyday interactions to stretch the boundaries of the permissible in gender relations, to negotiate embodiment, and to reinvent instruments of knowledge construction in asymmetric power relations.
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2020
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