Abstract

This essay argues that Jewelle Gomez’s The Gilda Stories, through its portrayal of the lessons that Gilda learns on her journey to freedom, can be read as a queer (antinormative) critique of Afrocentrism and multicultural conservatism. Although Afrocentrism and multicultural conservatism are ideological adversaries, Gomez suggests in The Gilda Stories that these movements share one thing in common: both are based on the “single-issue” view of black freedom in which the black lesbian functions as the Other of the Other, one who can never be the subject of black freedom.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1945-6182
Print ISSN
1062-4783
Pages
pp. 313-328
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-23
Open Access
No
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