From Voodoo Queens to Drag Queens: Dany Laferrière’s Queer Montréal—French American, Black Atlantic City

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This essay considers what Dany Lafferrière’s Comment faire l’amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer and Cette grenade dans la main du jeune nègre est-elle une arme ou un fruit might contribute to Queer of Color Critique. I argue that Laferrière might best be read as a rereading of Frantz Fanon’s Peau noire, masques blancs, which has served as an important “pre-text” for postcolonial theory (in general) as well as, more specifically, theorizing the intersection between race and sexuality. Given the penis-centered character of Fanon’s “seminal” text and that the penis comes “up” so often therein, when Laferrière is read as “playing with” Fanon, a number of queer possibilities arise, and these possibilities are enhanced by Montréal’s status as a French-speaking city that is nonetheless American, an African diaspora city in a context in which Québécois(e) is often equated with white. In this essay, Montréal becomes an ideal comparatist site for the encounter that Laferrière equates with an exploding bomb: the one that occurs when you put le Nègre and la Blonde in bed together. In short, it consider what happens when Laferrière’s characters are read as heterosexual avatars of the common but problematic gay figures of the dinge queen, snow queen, size queen, and drama queen.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115–135
Number of pages21
JournalQuébec Studies
Issue number61
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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