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The Cross-Dressed Caribbean

Writing, Politics, Sexualities
Edited by Maria Cristina Fumagalli, Bénédicte Ledent, and Roberto del Valle Alcalá

BUY Cloth · 320 pp. · 6.125 × 9.25 · ISBN 9780813935225 · $70.00 · Jan 2014
BUY Paper · 320 pp. · 6.125 × 9.25 · ISBN 9780813935232 · $35.00 · Jan 2014
BUY Ebook · 320 pp. · ISBN 9780813935249 · $35.00 · Jan 2014

Studies of sexuality in Caribbean culture are on the rise, focusing mainly on homosexuality and homophobia or on regional manifestations of normative and nonnormative sexualities. The Cross-Dressed Caribbean extends this exploration by using the trope of transvestism not only to analyze texts and contexts from anglophone, francophone, Spanish, Dutch, and diasporic Caribbean literature and film but also to highlight reinventions of sexuality and resistance to different forms of exploitation and oppression.


Roberto del Valle Alcalá, University of Alcalá * Lee Easton, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning * Odile Ferly, Clark University * Kelly Hewson, Mount Royal University * Isabel Hoving, Leiden University * Wendy Knepper, Brunel University * Carine Mardorossian, University at Buffalo, SUNY * Shani Mootoo * Michael Niblett, University of Warwick * Kerstin Oloff, Durham University * Lizabeth Paravisini, Vassar College * Mayra Santos-Febres, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras * Paula Sato, Kent State University * Lawrence Scott * Karina Smith, Victoria University * Roberto Strongman, University of California, Santa Barbara * Chantal Zabus, University of Paris 13


This book reveals in a powerful way that the Caribbean, often criticized and represented as macho, hyper-masculine, violently homophobic, and sexually restrictive has in fact given gender and sexual transgression a prominent if not defining role in national and regional culture and history. In addition, The Cross-Dressed Caribbean illustrates that cross-dressing and other gender transgressions are often but hardly always about queer sexuality, and they are almost alwayspart of a negotiation with or struggle against patriarchy and colonial/postcolonial oppression."

Leah Rosenberg, University of Florida

The collection as a whole demonstrates forcefully the central place of gender transgression in Caribbean cultures past and present. Moreover, it highlights productively the extent to which cross dressing is always crucially overdetermined.

Jane Funke · Wasafiri Issue 83

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