Bodies and Biases: Sexualities In Hispanic Cultures and Literatures

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Looking at a wide range of cultural practices and artifacts, including television, popular music, and pornography, Bodies and Biases addresses representations of sexual behavior and collective identity, homosexuality, and ideologies of gender in historical and contemporary Hispanic culture. Topics include cross-dressing on the seventeenth-century Spanish stage, gay life in Cuba and Mexico, a butch-femme reading of Peri-Rossi's Solitario de amor, pornography, and queer and lesbian spaces. Some essays offer radical...
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Overview

Looking at a wide range of cultural practices and artifacts, including television, popular music, and pornography, Bodies and Biases addresses representations of sexual behavior and collective identity, homosexuality, and ideologies of gender in historical and contemporary Hispanic culture. Topics include cross-dressing on the seventeenth-century Spanish stage, gay life in Cuba and Mexico, a butch-femme reading of Peri-Rossi's Solitario de amor, pornography, and queer and lesbian spaces. Some essays offer radical rereadings of canonical text such as Don Quixote and Martin Fierro; others bring to the fore lesser-known works, such as Marco Denevi's Rosaura a las diez and the writings of Virgilio Pinera. Reflecting a diversity of sociological, literary, and psychological theoretical underpinnings, Bodies and Biases is a fascinating analysis of sexuality in the context of Hispanic literature and culture.

"Essays study sexuality in several literary and cultural manifestations in the Hispanic world on both sides of the Atlantic from the Golden Age in Spain to the present. Examines sexuality in Don Quijote and watercolors painted by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer and his brother. Various essays also examine Latin American novels, magazines, and the bolero. Considers topics such as the concept of 'hispanidad', ethnicity, and nation in relation to diverse manifestations of sexuality"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780816627714
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: Hispanic Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Esto no es una despedida
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Age of Suspicion: Mapping Sexualities in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Texts
Ch. 1 The Sexual Economy of Miguel de Cervantes 1
Ch. 2 The Sinful Scene: Transgression in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Drama (1625-1685) 24
Ch. 3 Desire and Decorum in the Twentieth-Century Colombian Novel 37
Ch. 4 Representations of Family and Sexuality in Brazilian Cultural Discourse 79
Ch. 5 The Body in Context: Don Quixote and Don Juan 115
Ch. 6 Popular Culture and Gender/Genre Construction in Mexican Bolero by Angeles Mastretta 137
Ch. 7 Sexing the Bildungsroman: Las edades de Lulu, Pornography, and the Pleasure Principle 165
Ch. 8 El diario de Jose Toledo: A Queer Space in the World of Mexican Letters 184
Ch. 9 Camilo's Closet: Sexual Camouflage in Denevi's Rosaura a las diez 203
Ch. 10 Monobodies, Antibodies, and the Body Politic: Sara Levi Calderon's Dos mujeres 217
Ch. 11 Not So Lonely: A Butch-Femme Reading of Cristina Peri-Rossi's Solitario de amor 238
Ch. 12 The Case for Feminine Pornography in Latin America 246
Ch. 13 The Pornographic Subject of Los borbones en pelota 274
Ch. 14 Codifying Homosexuality as Grotesque: The Writings of Virgilio Pinera 294
Ch. 15 Eroticism and Homoeroticism in Martin Fierro 316
Ch. 16 Intricacies of Brazilian Gayness: A Cross-Cultural and Cross-Temporal Approach 333
Ch. 17 The Ecstasy of Disease: Mysticism, Metaphor, and AIDS in Las virtudes del pajaro solitario 359
Afterword 397
Contributors 421
Index 425
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