SEXUALITY AND IDENTITY: A POST-COLONIAL INTERROGATION OF SEFI ATTA’S A BIT OF DIFFERENCE

Naomi Okon

Abstract


This paper interrogates sexuality and identity in Sefi Atta’s novel: A Bit of Difference. The paper notes that the issue of sexuality has not only occupied the front burner of global literary discourses, it has also polarized the entire humanity along the lines of sexual choices and identities. While the West emphasizes tolerance and inclusion of all individuals, irrespective of the sexual choices, Africa and some other black races harp strongly on heterosexuality as the ideal sexual identity and view any alternative sexuality as queer and non-normative. This has led to a marginal understanding of the concept of sexuality. It is against this backdrop that this paper is written to initiate an objective discussion on the subject, without vilifying one form of sexuality at the expense of the other. Through an in-depth analysis of the novel, this paper undertakes an unbiased assessment of sexuality, carried out from the dimensions of Post-colonialism. The paper concludes that there should be awareness on the diversity of the human race and the need for more inclusion and less exclusion.


Keywords


Post-colonialism, Sexuality, Diversity, Identity, Humanity.

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