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Author: Lindsey Michael Banco

Title: The Homoerotics of Nationalism

Subtitle: White Male-on-Male Rape & the 'Coloured' Subject in Mark Behr's The Smell of Apples

In: Men in African Film & Fiction

Edited by: Lahoucine Ouzgane

Place: Oxford

Publisher: James Currey

Year: 2011

Pages: 28-41

ISBN-13: 9781847015211 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781846159329 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | South African History | Representations: Literature / Mark Behr; Types: Child Sexual Abuse, Same-Sex Rape; Victims: Boys


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Author: Lindsey Banco, Department of English, University of Saskatchewan

Abstract: »'The homoerotics of nationalism: white male-on-male rape and the "Coloured" subject' in Mark Behr's The Smell of Apples.' Lindsey Banco's meditation on the sexualized dimensions of South African nationhood, examines the ways in which Behr's 1995 novel engages with a sexualized version of South African nationalism in order to negotiate the related concepts of homosocial bonding, homoerotic and racial oppression. According to Banco, the novel presents 'an Afrikaner masculinity premised on homosocial practices, practices that are then cut off from homoeroticism through linking the white victim of a homosexual rape to the so-called coloured race. Behr's linkage of the young male victim to the "inferior" feminized Other reveals the homoerotic terror necessary for this kind of South African "fatherland"; thus, the feminizing effects of the rape help inscribe the subordination of non-white subjectivitiy within consolidated white patriarchy.'« (Source: Lahoucine Ouzgane. »Introduction.« Men in African Film & Fiction. Edited by Lahocine Ouzgane. Oxford 2011: 2-3)

Wikipedia: Child sexual abuse; Mark Behr: The Smell of Apples