Caribbean queer: new meetings of place and the possible in Shani Mootoo's 'Valmiki's Daughter'

Donnell, Alison (2012) Caribbean queer: new meetings of place and the possible in Shani Mootoo's 'Valmiki's Daughter'. Contemporary Women's Writing, 6 (3). pp. 213-232. ISSN 1754-1484

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Abstract

Valmiki’s Daughter, published in 2008 by the Trinidadian, Canadian-resident writer Shani Mootoo, issues an impressive challenge to current understandings of sexual norms and lives in the Anglophone Caribbean. In the face of repeated assumptions of impossibility around nonheteronormative lives, this article argues that Mootoo’s novel catches a Caribbean queerness that maps a new meeting point between place and the possible. By rendering the commonplace sexual pluralism of Trinidad, Valmiki’s Daughter gives representation to a locally sensitive yet socially subversive repertoire that undoes “straight” and “gay” in its queer realities. As a postcolonial writer, Mootoo’s imaginative focus is also set beyond individual fulfillment as the ideal of sexual liberation, and the novel examines the ethical possibilities for living together, as well as for living fully.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special issue: Caribbean queer
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Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 06:04
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 13:51
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/64181
DOI: 10.1093/cww/vps024

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