n English in Africa - Somewhere in the Double Rainbow : Representations of Bisexuality in Post-Apartheid Novels, Cheryl Stobie : book review

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Bisexuality, Cheryl Stobie reminds us, is not an image, like women or whiteness, whose literary representations can be simply traced by the critic. Bisexuality does not appear in every narrative text the way that gender and race do, and when it does appear it is often not identified as such. Bisexuality often demands a special sympathetic lens to be recognized at all, even by (perhaps especially by) gay-friendly readers. Stobie calls this lens "biopia," a word that rhymes with "myopia" but means the opposite : the ability to recognize a wide set of behaviour that contravenes binaristic notions of sexual identity.

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