"Race", sexuality and gender in the construction of national identity: a comparison between Brazil and South Africa

The aim of this article is to shed light on another pole of a comparative system that usually takes the United States as reference, South Africa, which has had much less attention in Brazilian classical analyses on "racial" relations. The focus of this comparison are "inter-racial" affective-sexual relationships in both countries. Such relationships, formal or informal ones, are seen as a kind of seismograph for the degree and extension of "racial" prejudice and discrimination, and provide a rich exploratory field for the analyses on some possible combinations between "race", sexuality and gender.

Race; Sexuality; Nation; Literature; Gender; Brazil; South Africa


Núcleo de Estudos de Gênero - Pagu Universidade Estadual de Campinas, PAGU Cidade Universitária "Zeferino Vaz", Rua Cora Coralina, 100, 13083-896, Campinas - São Paulo - Brasil, Tel.: (55 19) 3521 7873, (55 19) 3521 1704 - Campinas - SP - Brazil
E-mail: cadpagu@unicamp.br