This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.
Chapter 40: Images of Sexuality: The Aestheticization of Same-Sex Intimacy in Francophone Literary and Filmic Productions
Images of Sexuality: The Aestheticization of Same-Sex Intimacy in Francophone Literary and Filmic Productions
While the representation of same-sex intimacy remains sporadic in African Francophone films (Stobie, 2016: 85), many Francophone African novels integrate queer themes or characters. In his pioneering enquiry on the treatment of ‘homophilia’ in African Francophone literature, Daniel Vignal (1983) highlights the widespread negative representation of same-sex intimacy and gay characters. Many novels analyzed by Vignal represent same-sex intimacy as a ‘deviation introduced by colonialist or their descendants, by outsiders anyways: Arab, French, English, metis, and so on'1 (Vignal, 1983: 74–5), with the one exception of Malian writer Yambo ...