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Illegible Will: Coercive Spectacles of Labor in South Africa and the Diaspora
Hershini Bhana Young
Duke University Press
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Becoming Undone: Performances of Vulnerability
The book concludes with a reading of Yvette Christianse’s historical novel Unconfessed, based on court proceeding against Sila van der Kaap, sentenced to Robben Island for killing her son. I examine will through the politics of infanticide, concluding that due to the crisis in notions of mothering, fathering, and lineage, Sila is not capable of infanticide. Rather, I argue that the novel points us toward queer relational performances of vulnerability that require us living with debility and slow death. I end the book with a reading of Zanele Muholi’s Queercide, a series of images stolen off Muholi’s hard drives and backup drives in 2012.
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