Fractal Repair: Queer Histories of Modern Jamaica (Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and) (Paperback)

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In Fractal Repair, Matthew Chin investigates queerness in Jamaica from early colonial occupation to the present, critically responding to the island's global reputation for extreme homophobia and anti-queer violence. Chin advances a theory and method of queer fractals to bring together genealogies of queer and Caribbean formation. Fractals--a kind of geometry in which patterns repeat but never exactly in the same way--make visible shifting accounts of Caribbean queerness in terms of race, gender, and sexual alterity. Drawing on this fractal orientation, Chin assembles and analyzes multigenre archives, ranging from mid-twentieth-century social science studies of the Caribbean to Jamaica's National Dance Theatre Company to HIV/AIDS organizations, to write reparative histories of queerness. Chin's proposal of a fractal politics of repair invests in the horizon of difference that repetition materializes, and it extends reparations discourses intent on overcoming the past and calculating economic compensation for survivors of violence.

About the Author


Matthew Chin is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Virginia.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781478030225
ISBN-10: 1478030224
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and