Queer Diasporas

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Overview

Queer Diasporas presents essays that explore how sexuality and sexual identity change when individuals, ideologies, and media move across literal and figurative boundaries. Speaking from a diverse range of ethnic, racial, and national sites, the contributors to this volume illustrate how queer identity in particular is affected in ways that are as varied and nuanced as the cultural, social, and physical environments themselves.

Incorporating literary analysis, ethnographic research, and theories of diaspora, migration, and transnationalism, the essays in this volume address an impressive range of topics, from the divergent medical and epidemiological understandings of the AIDS pandemic to 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. While one chapter focuses on the appropriation of religious ceremony by gay Filipino immigrants in New York City, another investigates the implicit connection between Jewishness and homosexuality in the work of Freud. The gendering of domestic roles in food preparation and consumption in Japanese society gives way to a discussion of Cuban and Jamaican homoeroticism as seen in the works of Reinaldo Arenas and Claude McKay. Chilean author D’Halmar’s orientalization of Spain as queer space and the hybrid nature of queer ‘zine culture in Quebec are the subject of others. The collection concludes with a monologue by “Walid,” a young gay Arab living in the occupied territory, whose sexual and national identities change according to his sexual and social needs.

Illuminating the complex nature of queerness in the postmodern world, Queer Diasporas contributes to the advancement of gay and lesbian studies. It will be important to those working in cultural, literary, and postcolonial studies.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Queer Diasporas is one of the first books to bring together the concerns of American queer studies with perspectives generated by cross-national, culturally comparative scholarship. This collection is unusual and varied.”—Marilyn Ivy, Columbia University

“To call this provocative collection wide-ranging would give new life to a cliché. The essays bring to the point of ignition all the friction between local sexualities and the dislocations of a globalizing world. These tensions, in examples of a fabulous variety, resonate with the archaic meaning of queer: a movement aslant, sideways. Sexuality is indeed on the move—not just because people are more on the move now than ever, but because non-normative sexualities so generally seem out of place and are so often enabled by the displacements of culture. This will be an extremely useful book not only for queer theory, but for anyone interested in the trajectories of identity and sexual culture in the contemporary world.”—Michael Warner, Rutgers University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822324225
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Series Q
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Cindy Patton is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University. She is the author of numerous books, including Inventing AIDS and Fatal Advice, also published by Duke University Press.

Benigno Sánchez-Eppler is an Independent Scholar living in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: With a Passport Out of Eden 1
Migratory Vices 15
Dying to Tell: Sexuality and Suicide in Imperial Japan 38
Outing Freud's Zionism, or, the Bitextuality of the Diaspora Jew 71
Of Queens and Castanets: Hispanidad, Orientalism, and Sexual Difference 105
Jekyll and Claude: The Erotics of Patronage in Claude McKay's Banana Bottom 122
Reinaldo Arenas, Re-writer Revenant, and the Re-patriation of Cuban Homoerotic Desire 154
Diasporic Deviants/Divas: How Filipino Gay Transmigrants "Play with the World" 183
Queer Urbanities: A Walk on the Wild Side 204
Sexing the Kitchen: Okoge and Other Tales of Contemporary Japan 215
"How Did I Get So Anal?": Queer Self-Authorization at the Margins 245
Queer in Israel: "Walid" 263
Works Cited 281
Index 301
Contributors 305
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