Title

Variant Sexualities and African Modernity in Joseph Gaye Ramaka's "Karmen Geïï"

Publication Title

Black Camera

Publication Date

Spring 2011

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.2979/blackcamera.2.2.114

Keywords

variant sexualities, African modernity, Joseph Gaye Ramaka, "Karmen Geii"

Disciplines

African Languages and Societies | Gender and Sexuality | Modern Literature

Abstract

Drawing from the extant critical literature about the controversial Senegalese film Karmen Geïïwhich has been written since the movie's debut in 2001 and its censure in the native country of the talented director Joseph Gaye Ramaka, this essay attempts to shed light on the picture by placing it in the broad context of the history of variant African sexualities and modernities. This essay hopes to suggest the complexity of a film that disrupts strict and exploitative notions of sexuality, morality, and power while respecting the importance of traditions and religions. By walking a fine line between tradition and modernity, Karmen Geïï opens up new possibilities for modern African sexualities and identities without denying the importance of spirituality and its accompanying traditions.


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