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A man masquerading as a lesbian in Spain’s Golden Age fiction. A hermaphrodite’s encounters with the Spanish Inquisition. Debates about virility in the national literature of postrevolutionary Mexico. The work of contemporary artists Reinaldo Arenas, Severo Sarduy, and María Luisa Bemberg. The public persona of Pedro Zamora, former star of MTV’s The Real World. Despite an enduring queer presence in Hispanic literatures and cultures, most scholars have avoided the specter of ...
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Hispanisms and Homosexualities

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Overview

A man masquerading as a lesbian in Spain’s Golden Age fiction. A hermaphrodite’s encounters with the Spanish Inquisition. Debates about virility in the national literature of postrevolutionary Mexico. The work of contemporary artists Reinaldo Arenas, Severo Sarduy, and María Luisa Bemberg. The public persona of Pedro Zamora, former star of MTV’s The Real World. Despite an enduring queer presence in Hispanic literatures and cultures, most scholars have avoided the specter of sexual dissidence in the Spanish-speaking world.
In Hispanisms and Homosexualities, editors Sylvia Molloy and Robert Irwin bring together a group of essays that advance Hispanic studies and gay and lesbian studies by calling into question what is meant by the words Hispanic and homosexual. The fourteen contributors to this volume not only offer queer readings of Spanish and Latin American texts and performances, they also undermine a univocal sense of homosexual identities and practices. Taking on formations of national identity and sexuality; the politics of visibility and outing; the intersections of race, sexuality, and imperial discourse; the status of transvestism and posing; and a postmodern aesthetic of camp and kitsch, these essays from both established and emerging scholars provide a more complex and nuanced view of related issues involving nationality, ethnicity, and sexuality in the Hispanic world.
Hispanisms and Homosexualities offers the most sophisticated critical and theoretical work to date in Hispanic and queer studies. It will be an essential text for all those engaged with the complexities of ethnic, cultural, and sexual subjectivities.

Contributors. Daniel Balderston, Emilie Bergmann, Israel Burshatin, Brad Epps, Mary S. Gossy, Robert Irwin, Agnes I. Lugo-Ortiz, Sylvia Molloy, Oscar Montero, José Esteban Muñoz, José Quiroga, Rubén Ríos Avila, B. Sifuentes Jáuregui, Paul Julian Smith

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Editorial Reviews

Revistas de Estudios Hispanico
[T]his is one good place to begin to rethink Hispanic literature from a queer perspective. More important, its contributors are already the nucleus of a community of queer scholars who will have much to contribute to rereadings of Hispanic literature.
Washington Blade
Hispanisms and Homosexualities is an important collection of essays on the intersection of 'Hispanism' (as a cultural and linguistic orientation that goes well beyond any simple relationship to Spanish, or to Spain) and 'homosexuality' as a sexual orientation undergoing constant improvisation.
The essays are uniformly excellent, and will reward any discretionary reader with invaluable information about a history and a culture whose complexities cannot be reduced to the kind of easy fetishism that reigns in many Gay clubs on 'Latino night.
From the Publisher
Hispanisms and Homosexualities makes a lasting contribution to the fields of Spanish and Latin American literary studies as well as to lesbian and gay studies. Original and provocative, it provides an impressive display of the new scholarship in these areas.”—David Román, University of Southern California

“By problematizing both ‘hispanisms’ and ‘homosexualities,’ this collection goes beyond the mere application of queer theory to Hispanic studies; it offers a series of meditations out of which both fields emerge enriched.”—Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé, Fordham University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822399957
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Series Q
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 499 KB

Meet the Author

Sylvia Molloy is the Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities at New York University. She is the author of numerous books including Signs of Borges, also published by Duke University Press.

Robert Irwin is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Tulane University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
I Gender at Loss
Interrogating Hermaphroditism in Sixteenth-Century Spain 3
Skirting the Question: Lesbians and Maria de Zayas 19
The Legend of Jorge Cuesta: The Perils of Alchemy and the Paranoia of Gender 29
II Nationalism and Desire
Poetry, Revolution, Homophobia: Polemics from the Mexican Revolution 57
Nationalism, Male Anxiety, and the Lesbian Body in Puerto Rican Narrative 76
Caribbean Dislocations: Arenas and Ramos Otero in New York 101
III Queers and/in Performance
The Swishing of Gender: Homographetic Marks in Lazarillo de Tormes 123
The Politics of Posing 141
The Signifying Queen: Critical Notes from a Latino Queer 161
Pedro Zamora's Real World of Counterpublicity: Performing an Ethics of the Self 175
IV Desire and Representation
Sexual Terror: Identity and Fragmentation in Juan Goytisolo's Paisajes despues de la batalla 197
Abjection and Ambiguity: Lesbian Desire in Bemberg's Yo, la peor de todas 229
Cuban Homosexualities: On the Beach with Nestor Almendros and Reinaldo Arenas 248
Virgilio Pinera: On the Weight of the Insular Flesh 269
Works Cited 287
Contributors 309
Index 313
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