Horizons of Desire in Caribbean Queer Speculative Fiction: Marlon James’s John Crow’s Devil

  • Michael A. BucknorEmail author
Part of the New Caribbean Studies book series (NCARS)


Marlon James’s John Crow’s Devil (2005) demonstrates the value of speculative fiction for exposing queerness in “normative” worlds and revealing altered states of consciousness in both characters and readers. The novel’s fluid sexual-subjects and magic realist imaginings reveal the world as already unorthodox, as a place in which the sexual body becomes a site of queer desire and a source for shifting conceptions of gender, sexuality, and normality. Mining the trope of madness, the novel’s magic realist genre, and Sarah Ahmed’s notion of “queer phenomenology,” Michael A. Bucknor’s chapter exposes the normativity/alterity binary as establishing the metaphysical limits of sexual expression. By locating queer sexuality in the church and making guilt a source of mental breakdown, James acknowledges the ethical stakes in any attempt to shift the horizons of sexual expression.

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  1. 1.University of the West IndiesKingstonJamaica

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