DREW SHAW ] Queer Inclinations and Representations Dambudzo Marechera and Zimbabwean Literature We are a very sexually active nation, but we hide that under the guise of an obscure notion of a national morality. AMBUDZO M ARECHERA ’ S WRITING , cut short tragically by his death from AIDS in Harare in 1987, was many years ahead of D its time in addressing queer sexuality, a taboo topic in discussions of Zimbabwean literature and culture. Marechera’s gay-friendliness is evident in “Confessions of a Rusty Dread,” an unpublished narrative, where he writes: This article is a reworking, in parts, of the third chapter of my doctoral dissertation, “Transgression and Beyond: Dambudzo Marechera and Zimbabwean Literature,” com- pleted at Queen Mary, University of London in 2004. I would like to thank Gabeba Baderoon, Nicholas Lamarti and Jerry Harris for commenting on this essay in its pro- gress, and Flora Veit-Wild for her patient encouragement. Dambudzo Marechera, “Censorship – Does it Clean the Mind?” Moto 23 (1984): 5– © Body, Sexuality, and Gender: Versions and Subversions in African Literatures 1, ed. Flora Veit–Wild & Dirk Naguschewski (Matatu 29–30; Amsterdam & Union NJ: Editions Rodopi, 2005). 90 D REW S HAW ]
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Published: Jun 1, 2005
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