Mexican Masculinities (Cultural Studies of the Americas Series)

Mexican Masculinities (Cultural Studies of the Americas Series)

by Robert McKee Irwin
     
 

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The rhetoric of "Mexicanness" makes constant use of images of masculinity, though it does so in shifting and often contradictory ways. Robert McKee Irwin's work follows these shifts from the male homosocial bonding that was central to notions of national integration in the nineteenth century, to questioning of gender norms stirred by science and scandals at the turn… See more details below

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The rhetoric of "Mexicanness" makes constant use of images of masculinity, though it does so in shifting and often contradictory ways. Robert McKee Irwin's work follows these shifts from the male homosocial bonding that was central to notions of national integration in the nineteenth century, to questioning of gender norms stirred by science and scandals at the turn of the century, to the virulent reaction against gender chaos after the Mexican revolution, to the association of Mexicanness with machismo and homophobia in the literature of the 1940s and 1950s -- even as male homosexuality was established as an integral part of national culture. As the first historical study of how masculinity and, particularly, homosexuality were understood in Mexico in the national era, this book not only provides "queer readings" of major canonical texts of the period but also uncovers a variety of unknown texts from queer Mexican history.

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ISBN-13:
9780816640713
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Series:
Cultural Studies of the Americas Series
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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