Redefining the Boundaries: Black and Asian Queer Desire

Houlden, Kate (2020) Redefining the Boundaries: Black and Asian Queer Desire. In: The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 569-583. ISBN 9781108164146

[img] Text
Accepted Version
Available under the following license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (77kB)
Official URL:


Little is commonly said about sexuality in black and Asian British creative production, although diverse and often contradictory expressions of non-normative desire are easily traced throughout the twentieth century in the writing of, among others, McKay, Dawes, and Naipaul as well as Kureishi, Smartt, and Agbabi. Ranging across various literary forms to look at writers such as Kei Miller, Bernadine Evaristo, Diriye Osman, Neel Mukherjee, Thomas Glave, Jay Bernard, and Adam Lowe, this chapter raises questions about the interrogation, blurring, and translation of racial and sexual identities across a range of orientations and generations. It examines how texts have redefined and questioned the powerful stereotypes surrounding representations of black and Asian bodies, sexualities, and gendered identities. In so doing, it charts the uneven evolution and heterogeneous quality of queer black writing, framing it against Stuart Hall’s ‘refusal to represent the black experience in Britain as monolithic, self-contained, sexually stabilised and always “right on”’.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Queer Desire, Black, Asian
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Kate Houlden
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2018 09:03
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 11:35

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item