The History of a Dissident Sexualtiy in Southern Africa

Marc Epprecht


Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe. It is possible that this book is not easily available.


In the vivid tapestry of global queer cultures Africa has long been neglected or stereotyped. In Hungochani, Marc Epprecht seeks to change that by tracing the history and traditions of homosexuality in southern Africa, modern gay and lesbian identities, and the vibrant gay rights movement that has emerged since the 1980s. He explores the diverse ways African cultures traditionally explained same-sex sexuality and follows the emergence of new forms of gender identity and sexuality that evolved with the introduction of capitalism, colonial rule, and Christian education.


This is an important and ground-breaking work. Epprecht is without doubt the foremost scholar of Southern African homoerotic sexuality.


Marc Epprecht is associate professor in the departments of history and global development studies at Queen's University.