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Sex and the Citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean

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Sex and the Citizen is a multidisciplinary collection of essays that draws on current anxieties about "legitimate" sexual identities and practices across the Caribbean to explore both the impact of globalization and the legacy of the region’s history of sexual exploitation during colonialism, slavery, and indentureship. Speaking from within but also challenging the assumptions of feminism, literary and cultural studies, and queer studies, this volume questions prevailing oppositions between the backward, homophobic nation-state and the laid-back, service-with-a-smile paradise or between giving in ignominiously to the autocratic demands of the global north and equating postcolonial sovereignty with a "wholesome" heterosexual citizenry.

The contributors use parliamentary legislation, novels, film, and other texts to examine Martinique’s relationship to France; the diasporic relationships between the Dominican Republic and New York City, between India and Trinidad, and between Mexico’s capital city and its Caribbean coast; "indigenous" names for sexual practices and desires in Suriname and the Eastern Caribbean; and other topics. This volume will appeal to readers interested in how sex has become an important register for considerations of citizenship, personal and political autonomy, and identity in the Caribbean and the global south.

Contributors: Vanessa Agard-Jones * Odile Cazenave * Michelle Cliff * Susan Dayal * Alison Donnell * Donette Francis * Carmen Gillespie* Rosamond S. King * Antonia MacDonald-Smythe * Tejaswini Niranjana * Evelyn O’Callaghan * Tracy Robinson * Patricia Saunders * Yasmin Tambiah * Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley * Rinaldo Walcott * M. S. Worrell

ISBN-13: 9780813931135

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Publication Date: 04-29-2011

Pages: 304

Product Dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Age Range: 18 Years

Series: New World Studies

Faith Smith is Associate Professor in the departments of African and Afro-American Studies and English and American Literature, with appointments in the Latin American and Latino Studies and Women and Gender Studies programs at Brandeis University. She is the author of Creole Recitations: John Jacob Thomas and Colonial Formation in the Late Nineteenth-Century Caribbean (Virginia).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Sexing the Citizen Faith Smith 1

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Buyers Beware, "Hoodwinking" on the Rise: Epistemologies of Consumption in Terry McMillan's Caribbean Patricia Saunders 21

"Nobody Ent Billing Me": A U.S./Caribbean Intertextual, Intercultural Call-and-Response Carmen Gillespie 37

Novel Insights: Sex Work, Secrets, and Depression in Angie Cruz's Soledad Donette Francis 53

Diasporic Citizenship

Against the Rules of Blackness: Hilton Als's The Women and Jamaica Kincaid's My Brother (Or How to Raise Black Queer Kids) Rinaldo Walcott 75

Francophone Caribbean Women Writers: Rethinking Identity, Sexuality, and Citizenship Odile Cazenave 87

Indian Nationalism and Female Sexuality: A Trinidadian Tale Tejaswini Niranjana 101

Caribbean Migrations: Negotiating Borders Evelyn O'Callagban 125

Reflections on She Web Susan Dayal 136

Desiring Subjects and Modernity

Threatening Sexual (Mis)Behavior: Homosexuality in the Penal Code Debates in Trinidad and Tobago, 1986 Yasmin Tambiab 143

Sexual Awakenings and the Malignant Fictions of Masculinity in Alfonso Cuáron's Y tu mamá también M. S. Worrell 157

Living and Loving: Emancipating the Caribbean Queer Citizen in Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night Alison Donnell 168

Le Jeu de Qui? Sexual Politics at Play in the French Caribbean Vanessa Agard-Jones 181

Reimagining Pasts and Futures

Our Imagined Lives Tracy Robinson 201

New Citizens, New Sexualities: Nineteenth-Century Jamettes Rosamond S. King 214

Macocotte: An Exploration of Same-Sex Friendship in Selected Caribbean Novels Antonia MacDonald-Smythe 224

What Is a Uma? Women Performing Gender and Sexuality in Paramaribo, Suriname Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley 241

Colonial Girl: And What Would It Be Like Michelle Cliff 251

Bibliography 257

Notes on Contributors 285

Index 289