Laws of Desire: Questions of Homosexuality in Spanish Writing and Film 1960-1990

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Homosexuality has been treated only in a fragmentary way in Hispanic studies, and this is the first full-length study of the subject in contemporary Spanish writing and film. Introducing the book with a brief account of some medical, legal, and polemical texts, Paul Julian Smith, an established authority on Hispanic studies, charts the varying representations of the feminist or gay "self" in autobiographical texts by Chacel, Goytisolo, and Terenci Moixs. He goes on to offer radically new readings of trilogies by...
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Homosexuality has been treated only in a fragmentary way in Hispanic studies, and this is the first full-length study of the subject in contemporary Spanish writing and film. Introducing the book with a brief account of some medical, legal, and polemical texts, Paul Julian Smith, an established authority on Hispanic studies, charts the varying representations of the feminist or gay "self" in autobiographical texts by Chacel, Goytisolo, and Terenci Moixs. He goes on to offer radically new readings of trilogies by Goytisolo and Tusquets, the major novelists of homosexual desire in Spain, in the light of influential French theorists Hocquenghem and Wittig. Finally, Smith draws on archival research at the Filmoteca Nacional to offer a broadly historical account of Eloy de la Iglesia and Pedro Almodóvar, the two major gay auteurs of post-Franco film. Particular attention is paid to their use of cinematic form, and the book ends with an analysis of Almodóvar's "¡Atame!" ("Tie me up! Tie me down!")--a film which exemplifies the main argument of the book: that homosexuality is no unitary phenomenon, but rather a historical and libidinal construct inevitably inflected by gender, class, and regional identity.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780198122753
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/19/1992
  • Series: Oxford Hispanic Studies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
List of Plates
Introduction: Desiring the Law 1
1 Writing the Self in Feminist and Gay Autobiography 14
1 The Risk of Essence 14
2 Rosa Chacel: The Repudiation of Femininity 20
3 Juan Goytisolo: The Territory of Homographesis 31
4 Terenci Moix: The Screens of Identity 42
5 The Ends of Autobiography 53
2 Homosexual Desire in Goytisolo's Trilogy of Treason 55
1 The Homosexual Question 55
2 Senas de identidad: Reproducing the Oedipus 60
3 Reivindicacion del conde don Julian: Baring the Phallus 68
4 Juan sin tierra: Grouping the Anus 78
5 The Homosexual Drift 87
3 The Lesbian Body in Tusquets's Trilogy 91
1 Lesbian Bodies 91
2 El mismo mar de todos los veranos: Myths of Nature 97
3 El amor es un juego solitario: Languages of Culture 106
4 Varada tras el ultimo naufragio: A Politics of Parody 115
5 Towards the Feminary? 125
4 Eloy De La Iglesia's Cinema of Transition 129
1 Homosexuality, Regionalism, and Mass Culture 129
2 Los placeres ocultos: The Erotic Triangle 136
3 El diputado: The Good Homosexual 144
4 El pico: Reproducing the Father 151
5 The Family Romance 159
5 Pedro Almodovar's Cinema of Desire 163
1 Homosexuality, Postmodernism, and Self-Publicity 163
2 Pepi, Luci, Bom: Lesbian Comedy 171
3 Entre tinieblas: Women in Chains 180
4 La ley del deseo: Crossing the line 188
5 Moral Melodrama 199
Coda: [actual symbol not reproducible]Atame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) 204
Glossary of Film Terms 217
Bibliography 219
Index 235
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