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By Rosamond S. King

Caribbean reviews organization Gordon ok. and Sybil Lewis Prize

“Outstanding. the best examinations of the dissonance among authentic sexual ideologies and genuine social and cultural practices i've got had the excitement of reading.”—David William Foster, writer of São Paulo: views at the urban and Cultural Production

“A considerate exploration of ways Caribbean girls and sexual minorities are on the heart of a sexual revolution that refuses containment inside of Euro-American ideas of identification and sexuality. this can be an unheard of sexual revolution, led through sexual minorities, remodeling the sector and giving new meanings to what inclusion and liberation glance like.”—Amalia L. Cabezas, writer of Economies of hope: intercourse Tourism in Cuba and the Dominican Republic

In Island Bodies, Rosamond King examines sexualities, violence, and repression within the Caribbean event. studying the sexual norms and expectancies portrayed in Caribbean and diaspora literature, tune, movie, and pop culture, King skillfully demonstrates what percentage members contest conventional roles through maneuvering inside and/or attempting to swap their society’s binary gender structures. those transgressions have come to raised symbolize Caribbean tradition than the “official” representations perpetuated by means of governmental elites and sometimes codified into legislation that strengthen patriarchal, heterosexual stereotypes.

designated in its breadth in addition to its multilingual and multidisciplinary technique, Island Bodies addresses homosexuality, interracial kinfolk, transgender humans, and women’s sexual employer in Dutch, Francophone, Anglophone, and Hispanophone works of Caribbean literature. also, King explores the paradoxical nature of sexuality around the quarter: discussing sexuality in public is frequently thought of taboo, but the tourism economic system trades on portraying Caribbean citizens as hypersexualized.

eventually King unearths that regardless of the various nationwide specificity, differing colonial legacies, and linguistic variety around the islands, there are awesome similarities within the methods Caribglobal cultures try and limit sexuality and within the methods participants discover and transgress these boundaries.

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