n English in Africa - Some thoughts on black male homosexualities in South African writing : Zakes Mda's and Kaizer Nyatsumba's "In Happiness and in Sorrow"

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



In the conclusion of an essay that appeared in the third number of the twenty-sixth volume of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism (1998), in which I considered, mainly, Kobena Mercer's rereading of his reading of Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs of black men, and, to a limited extent, a photograph by the South African photo-journalist, Peter Magubane, of black men lined up naked for inspection before being allowed to take up employment on the farms and mines, I alluded to the view that it would be interesting if a photograph was considered in terms of the multiple effects of meaning that it engenders, rather than as a statement of evidence.

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