Brenna M. Munro -- South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come -- Gables
Nov 28 2012 8:00 pm
After apartheid, South Africa established a
celebrated new political order that imagined the postcolonial nation as
belonging equally to the descendents of indigenous people, colonizing settlers,
transported slaves, indentured laborers, and immigrants. Its constitution,
adopted in 1996, was the first in the world to include gays and lesbians as
full citizens. In South Africa and the Dream of Love to Come (Univ of MN, $30), Brenna M. Munro examines the stories
that were told about sexuality, race, and nation throughout the struggle against
apartheid in order to uncover how these narratives ultimately enabled gay
people to become imaginable as fellow citizens. Employing a wide array of texts—including prison memoirs,
poetry, plays, television shows, photography, political speeches, and the
postapartheid writings of Nobel Laureates Nadine Gordimer and J. M.
Coetzee—Munro reports on how contemporary queer activists and artists are
declining to remain ambassadors for the “rainbow nation” and refusing to become
scapegoats for the perceived failures of liberation and liberalism.