Decolonizing Sex and Sexuality

An issue of: Journal of Middle East Women's Studies

Decolonizing Sex and Sexuality
Journal Issue Pages: 128 Volume 14, Number 2 Published: July 2018 An issue of Journal of Middle East Women's Studies

This special issue calls attention to an emergent body of cultural productions by US immigrants from nations in the former Eastern Bloc, including Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine. Predominantly written in English, these cultural productions explore the legacies of state socialism and Cold War paradigms for the United States, represent diasporic immigrant practices by writers from Eastern Bloc nations, and emphasize US participation in NATO’s involvement in Yugoslavia as a form of US humanitarian interventionism. The issue places the new creative work in dialogue with the evolving scholarly focus on transnationality of US multiethnic cultural productions and studies of US imperialism. It is the first to use the term postsocialist as a collective descriptor to theorize commonalities in the work of US-based immigrant authors from the former Eastern Bloc and its intersections with other contemporary US immigrant and transnational cultural productions.

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