Island Bodies deserves a wide readership in multiple academic fields, including Caribbean, gender and sexuality, and diaspora studies due to the breadth and scope of its analysis. It is one of the first books to develop a framework that does not just acknowledge but actively thinks through the diverse desires, lives, and experiences of Caribglobal communities.
Drawing observations and testing premises in the multiple wells of film, literature, music, and everyday life as investigative marrow, Island Bodies interrogates years of oppression and shackling decorum in Caribbean sexual space with relentless acuity.
Gives us a new and richly nuanced reading of contemporary Caribbean culture . . . . With an admirable demonstration of cross-cultural transdisciplinarity, this work expands the library of Caribbean studies, of sexualities, and of African Diaspora literary and cultural studies.
[An] impressively searching and inclusive work. . . . Examin[ing] a striking range of material from the 1970s onwards, including literature, film, music and popular cultural forms such as festivals, calypso and activism.
King’s comparativist, transnational feminist analysis offers rich theoretical perspective and an innovative vocabulary to discuss works of Caribbean literature, music, film, and visual art. . . . [and] remain[s] committed to complicating imported Western LGBTQ frameworks by offering place-based glimpses into transgressive expressions of gender and sexuality in the greater Caribbean region.
Unique in its scope. . . . it theorizes transgression using everyday concepts to conceive of “Caribglobal” space across language traditions in the region and in migration, and to pose political futures.