Still locked out but in a different way
Colonialism and Homosexuality is a thorough investigation of the connections of homosexuality and imperialism from the late 1800s - the era of ‘new imperialism’ - until the era of decolonization. Robert Aldrich reconstructs the context of a number of liaisons, including those of famous men such as Cecil Rhodes, E.M. Forster or André Gide, and the historical situations which produced both the Europeans and their non-Western lovers.
Colonial lands, which in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century included most of Africa, South and Southeast Asia and the islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans and the Caribbean, provided a haven for many Europeans whose sexual inclinations did not fit neatly into the constraints of European society.
"Colonial Desire" shows how culture has always carried within it an inner dissonance, and "Englishness" has always been less fixed and stable than uncertain, fissured by difference and a longing for otherness. At the heart of Victorian racial theory, this re-emerges in the form of colonial desire: an obsession with hybridity, and transgressive fantasies of inter-racial sex. "Colonial Desire" is a controversial study that breaks new ground in analysing how concepts of culture get formed, and how racialized assumptions continue to pervade the
In a new article published this month in the American Historical Review, Carina Ray explores the connections between racialized sexual exploitation and anti-colonial nationalism.
Currently, Ray is teaching a course entitled”Assassination: a History of Post-Independence Africa” and “Race, Sex, and Colonialism.” This summer, she will be teaching a summer course in London entitled “Archiving Africa” (the course is now enrolling, and more information on joining the course is available here). Next year, she will be offering two UHC courses “Africa and the Black Atlantic” as well as the elective “20th Century African Icons” and the service learning course “The African City.”