Nature's Wild: Love, Sex, and Law in the Caribbean

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In Nature's Wild, Andil Gosine engages with questions of humanism, queer theory, and animality to examine and revise understandings of queer desire in the Caribbean. Surveying colonial law, visual art practices, and contemporary activism, Gosine shows how the very concept of homosexuality in the Caribbean (and in the Americas more broadly) has been overdetermined by a colonially influenced human/animal divide. Gosine refutes this presupposed binary and embraces animality through a series of case studies: a homoerotic game called puhngah, the institution of gender-based dress codes in Guyana, and efforts toward the decriminalization of sodomy in Trinidad and Tobago--including the work of famed activist Colin Robinson, paintings of human animality by Guadeloupean artist Kelly Sinnapah Mary, and Gosine's own artistic practice. In so doing, he troubles the ways in which individual and collective anxieties about "wild natures" have shaped the existence of Caribbean people while calling for a reassessment of what political liberation might look like.

Duke University Press Scholars of Color First Book Award recipient

About the Author

Andil Gosine is Professor of Environmental Arts and Justice at York University and coauthor of Environmental Justice and Racism in Canada.

"Heterosexual and patriarchal conventions are at the very heart of Andil Gosine's challenge. He allows us to think through queer perspectives, reconceptualizes colonial histories and Caribbean and subaltern culture, and extends our knowledge of Caribbean arts practice. Gosine eloquently prompts us to reflect on our preconceptions of naturalness and humanness. Enjoyable and engaging, Nature's Wild offers an important contribution to knowledge of Anglophone Caribbean contemporary culture."--Roshini Kempadoo, author of "Creole in the Archive: Imagery, Presence, and the Location of the Caribbean Figure"

Publisher: Duke University Press
Pub date: October 15, 2021
192 pages
Format: Paperback