“Tintin” and Colonialism

After six months of relative non-production, I’ve updated the long-silent Indigenous Ambiguities blog with a post about Tintin in America, addressing colonialism and comic books. It’s about a moment where the expected attitude of a vintage comic book falls through and an opening develops to have a conversation about colonialism in the USA. [the question in the back … More “Tintin” and Colonialism

Ways of “Doing” Queerness in a PostColonial Context

About two years ago, I wrote an article for the U.K. magazine, Vada, that discussed a report from the Human Rights Watch about homophobic violence in Jamaica, Not Safe at Home: Violence and Discrimination Against LGBT people in Jamaica. It was the first time I attempted to address LGBT issues outside of the frame of first-world culture, and even … More Ways of “Doing” Queerness in a PostColonial Context

Bandit Queen

Trigger Warning: This post contains explicit descriptions of sexual assault and descriptions of images some may find disturbing. Within the first thirty minutes of Bandit Queen, Phoolan Devi is assaulted or raped five times on camera, with the implication that it happened more times than that in real life. Several of the incidents occur when she … More Bandit Queen

Piecing Together What Falls Apart

It’s easy to write a narrative after colonialism gains its strangle-hold that says that things were better before the colonists emerged. This is often the case because in terms of the way that a society functions, things often were better before the colonists arrived–the battles less devastating, conflicts less extreme, exploitation less institutionalized. This does … More Piecing Together What Falls Apart

Deep Analysis

Let’s begin with two quotes. The first quote is from Ashcroft, Griffiths and Tiffin (and an apology for its length): One illuminating account of the connections between race and gender as a consequence of imperial expansion is Sander L Gilman’s ‘Black bodies, white bodies’ (1985), which shows how the representation of the African in nineteenth-century … More Deep Analysis