Cool pose: violence and the construction of masculinity in Elmina's Kitchen

  • Orozimbo Paolucci Neto Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)

Resumo

The construction of masculinities for the African diaspora has been an issue from slavery times until today. In the play Elmina's Kitchen, by Kwame Kwei-Armah, the construction of masculinities for the black community in England is contested from the perspective of three different generations of black men, either Caribbean immigrants or British-born men. It is possible to use the obstacles they face and their responses to them to shape the common problems presented to black men to achieve their manhood as well as their usual responses to such obstacles. Moreover, this play emphasizes the role of violence in the construction of black masculinities in view of their symbolical castration by white society and by their own peers, as well as the importance of the black woman in the patching of black men's wounds and mending of black families.

Biografia do Autor

Orozimbo Paolucci Neto, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)
Licenciado em Letras-inglês e mestrando em Estudos Literários – Literaturas de Expressão Inglesa, pela Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). Bolsista da Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG).
Como Citar
Paolucci Neto, O. (1). Cool pose: violence and the construction of masculinity in Elmina’s Kitchen. Via Litterae (ISSN 2176-6800): Revista De Linguística E Teoria Literária, 5(1), 223-238. Recuperado de https://www.revista.ueg.br/index.php/vialitterae/article/view/2601
Seção
Teoria Literária