Postcolonial, Queer

Theoretical Intersections

Edited by John C. Hawley

Subjects: Postcolonial Studies
Series: SUNY series, Explorations in Postcolonial Studies
Paperback : 9780791450925, 344 pages, August 2001
Hardcover : 9780791450918, 344 pages, August 2001

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Table of contents


John C. Hawley

1. Rupture or Continuity? The Internationalization of Gay Identities
Dennis Altman

2. Vacation Cruises; or, The Homoerotics of Orientalism
Joseph Boone

3. Queer Resistance to (Neo-)colonialism in Algeria
Jarrod Hayes

4. Tom, Dii and Anjaree: “Women Who Follow Nonconformist Ways”
Jillana Enteen

5. Transcending Sexual Nationalism and Colonialism: Cultural Hybridization as Process of Sexual Politics in '90s Taiwan
Chong Kee Tan

6. Out in Africa
Guarav Desai

7. Queering Lord Clark: Diasporic Formations and Traveling Homophobia in Isaac Julien's The Darker Side of Black
Paige Schilt

8. Broadening Postcolonial Studies/Decolonizing Queer Studies: Emerging “Queer” Identities and Cultures in Southern Africa
William J. Spurlin

9. Global (Sexual) Politics, Class Struggle, and the Queer Left
Donald E. Morton

10. Querying Globalization
J. K. Gibson-Graham

11. Colonial Fantasies and Postcolonial Identities: Elaboration of Postcolonial Masculinity and Homoerotic Desire
Hema Chari

12. By Way of an Afterword
Samir Dayal



Uses postcolonial theory to critique the globalization of gay culture.


These thirteen essays address possible ramifications arising from the globalization of western notions of gay and lesbian identities. Examining postcolonial literature, economics, and psychology from a "queer" perspective leads to self-reflexive consideration of the canonization of postcolonial studies and queer theory in western academe.

John C. Hawley is Professor of English at Santa Clara University. He has edited many books including Cross-Addressing: Resistance Literature and Cultural Borders, also published by SUNY Press.


"Finally, the staging of an encounter between queer and postcolonial studies where neither term turns out to be quite distinct from the other and where a new mapping of fields becomes possible. The essays probe the possibility of thinking sexuality in terms of social normativity and globalization, making breakthroughs in several directions at once: history, sociology, literature, psychology. This is the kind of scholarship most needed and most productive: it opens up the question of an encounter through several sites in provocative ways without deciding the final form of the relationship between postcolonial, queer. " — Judith Butler, University of California at Berkeley