New Book—“Erotic Islands: Art and Activism in the Queer Caribbean”


[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] Erotic Islands: Art and Activism in the Queer Caribbean (Duke University Press, June 2018) by Lyndon K. Gill will be launched today (Friday, July 6, 2018) at 6:00pm, at The Writers’ Centre, 14 Alcazar Street, St Clair, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Description: In Erotic Islands, Lyndon K. Gill maps a long queer presence at a crossroads of the Caribbean. This transdisciplinary book foregrounds the queer histories of Carnival, calypso, and HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. At its heart is an extension of Audre Lorde’s use of the erotic as theory and methodology. Gill turns to lesbian/gay artistry and activism to insist on eros as an intertwined political-sensual-spiritual lens through which to see self and society more clearly. This analysis juxtaposes revered musician Calypso Rose, renowned mas man Peter Minshall, and resilient HIV/AIDS organization Friends For Life. Erotic Islands traverses black studies, queer studies, and anthropology toward an emergent black queer diaspora studies.

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