Sexuality, Nationality, and Indigeneity

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Sexuality, Nationality, and Indigeneity
Journal Issue Volume 16, Number 1-2 Published: 2010 An issue of GLQ
This issue shows how a conversation between the interdisciplinary fields of Native American studies and queer studies can generate more complex and nuanced understandings of the U.S. nation-state, of Native peoplehood, and of the roles culture plays in processes of political expression and identification. Recent bans on same-sex marriage within the Cherokee and Navajo nations suggest the importance of charting the relationship between discourses of sexuality and dominant ideologies of political legitimacy. Exploring how marriage, family, homemaking, kinship, personal identity, and everyday experience are linked to legal institutions and public policy, the contributors investigate the complex interweaving of histories of queerness and indigeneity.

Challenging operative assumptions in these two fields by putting them into dialogue, the collection opens up new ways of approaching the matrix of settlement, sexuality, and sovereignty. One essay cross-examines the heterosexism of the Cherokee government’s outlawing of same-sex marriage by revisiting that culture’s traditional embrace of variation. Another essay theorizes the politics of visibility surrounding Native writers whose work takes a queer turn but who do not publicly contest the presumption of their straightness. Several essays address the possibilities and limits of queer theoretical frameworks in conceptualizing the legacies of settler colonialism. The final essay traces the history of gendercide in Native California and argues for the recovery of traditional notions of two-spirit identity within contemporary projects of decolonization.


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1. Heaven and Earth: From the Guest Editors—Daniel Heath Justice, Bethany Schneider, and Mark Rifkin

2. Introduction—Daniel Heath Justice, Mark Rifkin, and Bethany Schneider

3. Queer Theory and Native Studies: The Heteronormativity of Settler Colonialism—Andrea Smith

4. Double Weavine Two-Spirit Critiques: Building Alliances between Native and Queer Studies—Qwo-Li Driskill

5. My Father, Cynthia Conroy—Janice Gould

6. Settler Homonationalism: Theorizing Settler Colonialism within Queer Modernities—Scott Lauria Morgensen

7. Suspicioning: Imagining a Debate between Those Who Get Confused, and Those Who Don't, When They Read Critical Responses to the Poems of Joy Harjo, or What's an Old-Timey Gay Boy Like Me to Do?

8. Visible Sexualities or Invisible Nations: Forced to Choose in Big Eden, Johnny Greyeyes, and The Business of Fancy Dancing—Lisa Tatonetti

9. Poetry and Sexuality: Running Twin Rails—James Thomas Stevens

10. “And Through Its Naming Became Owner”: Translation in James Thomas Stevens's Tokinish—Sarah Dowling

11. Notes Toward a Theory of Anomoly—Daniel Heath Justice

12. Puo’winue’l Prayers: Readings from North America's First Transtextual Script—Louis Esme Cruz and Qwo-Li Driskill

13. Extermination of the Joy as: Gendercide in Spanish California—Deborah A. Miranda

14. Afterword—Sharon P. Holland

15. Religion, Identity, and Political Engagement in the United States—Erin Runions

16. Diacriticisms!—Kevin Bourque

17. Not Quite Enough Trouble with Normal—Eric Keenaghan

18. Not Simple Homophobia: African Same-Sex Desires, Politics, and the Limit of Homosexual Rights—Rinaldo Walcott

19. Sacred Sex: A Most Divine Love—Eileen A Joy

20. Desire. Trust. Escape!—Vojin Sasa Vukadinovic

21. Commemoration and Queer Migration—Karma R. Chávez

22. “The Future Historical Perspective”: Miéville’s Queer Durée—Jordana Rosenberg

23. A New Queer Companion for the Classroom—Roel van den Oever

24. Queering Diversity—Liz Montegary

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ISBN Paperback: 978-0-8223-6726-0