Title: Queer complicity in the Belgian Congo: autobiography and racial fetishism in Jef Geeraerts' (post)colonial novels
Authors: Hendriks, Thomas # ×
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: African and Afro-American Studies and Research Center, University of Texas
Series Title: Research in African Literatures vol:45 issue:1 pages:63-84
Abstract: In this essay, I present a “queer” reading of the (post)colonial novels by Jef Geeraerts, a Flemish author infamous for his explicit depictions of sex and violence in the Belgian Congo. I demonstrate how both his racism and misogyny feed on a homoerotic dynamic that appears to destabilize hegemonic colonial discourse, but is actually mobilized as a literary strategy to forge a new kind of white masculinity in the “heart of darkness.” Despite Geeraerts’s conscious anti-establishment modernism, this underlying and often overlooked homoerotics in ostensibly “heterosexual” novels is shown to be an accomplice of colonial power, silencing the black other and reaffirming a porno-tropic tradition of racial fetishism.
ISSN: 0034-5210
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa
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