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17:30 - 19:30 13 March 2014

That Jamaica: Women, Secrets, and Battyman Business


Lecture Theatre 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Thomas Glave, 2014 Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Warwick, Author of 'Whose Song? and Other Stories', 'Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent' (Lambda Literary Award, 2005); 'The Torturer’s Wife' (Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist and Lambda Literary Award finalist, 2008) and 'Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh' (2013). He is editor of the anthology 'Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles' (Lambda Literary Award, 2008). His most recent work has appeared in The New York Times, 'The Kenyon Review, Callaloo', and in the 2012 anthologies 'Kingston Noir' and 'Love, Christopher Street', among others.

This talk will consider the possible connections between 'outlawed' ('queer') sexual and romantic desire (including interracial 'queer' sexual intimacy and secrecy), bi-national identities and cultural realities, social class, colour, and the quotidian language of Jamaican women, overheard by a male child, capable of veiling as much as it occasionally frankly discloses. Additionally, the talk will explore how, in the context of often publicly reviled and repugnant sexual practices in Jamaica, the reality of secrecy impacts upon erotic language and the (homo)erotic imagination.


Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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