Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination (Hardback)
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Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 30/05/2014
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In Island Bodies, Rosamond King examines sexualities, violence, and repression in the Caribbean experience. She analyses the sexual norms and expectations portrayed in Caribbean and diaspora literature, music, film, and popular culture to show how many individuals contest traditional roles by manoeuvring within and/or trying to change their society's binary gender systems. She skilfully demonstrates that these transgressions better represent Caribbean culture than the "official" representations perpetuated by governmental elites and often codified into laws that reinforce patriarchal, heterosexual stereotypes.

Unique in its breadth and its multilingual and multidisciplinary approach, Island Bodies addresses homosexuality, interracial relations, transgender people, and women's sexual agency in Dutch, Francophone, Anglophone, and Hispanophone works of Caribbean literature.

Ultimately King reveals that despite the varied national specificity, differing colonial legacies, and linguistic diversity across the islands, there are striking similarities in the ways Caribglobal cultures attempt to restrict sexuality and in the ways individuals explore and transgress those boundaries.

Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813049809
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An ambitious project. . . . One of the first books to develop a framework that does not just acknowledge but actively thinks through the diverse desires, lives, and experiences of Caribglobal communities. H-Net
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Whereas earlier works on Caribbean sexuality tend to be gender-specific, Rosamond King gives herself the space to explore a range of identities and transgressive sexualities. . . . Gives us a new and richly nuanced reading of contemporary Caribbean culture. " e-misferica"
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Interrogates years of oppression and shackling decorum in Caribbean sexual space with relentless acuity. "Caribbean Beat"
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Impressively searching and inclusive. . . . Engages with Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanic, Dutch, and diasporic Caribglobal cultures in order to examine a striking range of material from the 1970s onwards, including literature, film, music and popular cultural forms such as festivals, calypso and activism. . . . Deeply inspiring and instructive. "Caribbean Quarterly"
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Provides contemporary analysis of the history of sexualities, violence, language, and repression in the Caribbean culture. "Progressive"
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"Impressively searching and inclusive. . . . Engages with Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanic, Dutch, and diasporic 'Caribglobal' cultures in order to examine a striking range of material from the 1970s onwards, including literature, film, music and popular cultural forms such as festivals, calypso and activism. . . . Deeply inspiring and instructive."--Caribbean Quarterly

"Whereas earlier works on Caribbean sexuality tend to be gender-specific, Rosamond King gives herself the space to explore a range of identities and transgressive sexualities. . . . Gives us a new and richly nuanced reading of contemporary Caribbean culture." --e-misferica

"An ambitious project. . . . One of the first books to develop a framework that does not just acknowledge but actively thinks through the diverse desires, lives, and experiences of Caribglobal communities."--H-Net

"Interrogates years of oppression and shackling decorum in Caribbean sexual space with relentless acuity."--Caribbean Beat

"Provides contemporary analysis of the history of sexualities, violence, language, and repression in the Caribbean culture."--Progressive

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