Unveiling Unspoken: Exploring Queer Dynamics in the 21st Century Hausa Prose Literature


    This research meticulously examines queer elements within a carefully selected Hausa novel. The paper aims to identify queerness in selected Hausa novels and to unravel the intentions of authors. As Hausa literature becomes a space for cultural exploration, this article contributes to the discourse on queer representations. Employing queer theory, the study combines systematic textual analysis and insightful author interviews to explore the portrayal of queer elements within the specific subset of Hausa prose. Findings from this exploration reveal deliberate navigation by Hausa novelists through societal norms, illustrating a subtle yet impactful inclusion of queer elements. For instance, the literature often offers nuanced perspectives on identity, love, and societal expectations, subtly challenging prevailing norms. This nuanced incorporation not only stimulates readers' emotions but also potentially enhances the marketability of these novels. Many interviewed authors express scepticism about promoting non-normative sexual orientations, drawing attention to the cautious dance between cultural authenticities and evolving societal expectations. This scepticism often stems from concerns about the reception of such elements within the Hausa literary landscape. However, these reservations also underline a recognition that unconventional experiences find resonance within a limited yet significant portion of Hausa society.

    Keywords: Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities, Heteronormativity, Societal Norms, Textual Analysis

     DOI: www.doi.org/10.36349/tjllc.2024.v03i01.009

    author/Abbas, Y. & Kabir, J.

    journal/Tasambo JLLC | 15 February 2024 |  Article 09