Queering postcolonial travel writing

Mahn, Churnjeet (2021) Queering postcolonial travel writing. Studies in Travel Writing, 24 (2). pp. 170-182. ISSN 1364-5145 (https://doi.org/10.1080/13645145.2020.1852653)

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Beginning with contemporary calls to decolonise travel writing, this article considers the intersection of race and sexuality in the genre. Why is the analysis of postcolonial travel writing so straight? Why is the analysis of queer travel writing so white? By answering these questions simultaneously, the article argues for the creation of a space from which we can understand how single-issue approaches to identity politics fail to take account of structural forms of homophobia and racism. Acknowledging their structural manifestations through the history of colonialism should advance an understanding of how and why some of the most historically queer-inclusive and diverse places in the world have come to be represented as the most hostile to queers in travel writing.