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Speculating on cultural practices interpreted by missionaries as sodomy and resistance to colonialism, Neville Hoad begins by analyzing the 1886 Bugandan martyrs incident-the execution of thirty men in the royal court. Then, in a series of close readings, he addresses questions of race, sex, and globalization in the 1965 Wole Soyinka novel The Interpreters; examines the emblematic 1998 Lambeth conference of Anglican bishops; considers the imperial legacy in depictions of the HIV/AIDS crisis; and reveals how South African writer Phaswane Mpe's contemporary novel Welcome to Our Hillbrow problematizes notions of African identity and cosmopolitanism. Head's assessment of the historical valence of homosexuality in Africa shows how the category has served a key role in a larger story, one in which sexuality has been made in line with a vision of white Western truth, limiting an understanding of intimacy that could imagine an African universalism.
About the Author:
Neville Hoad is assistant professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin