Reinaldo Arenas

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Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990) is considered to be one of Latin America's most innovative and provocative late-twentieth-century literary voices. A prolific writer who overcame enormous persecution and censorship, Arenas wrote novels, short stories, poetry, theater pieces, and essays. Francisco Soto's Reinaldo Arenas is not only the first comprehensive review in English to examine and analyze the major works of Arenas, but it is also the first to trace the articulation of homoerotic themes and issues in...
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Overview

Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990) is considered to be one of Latin America's most innovative and provocative late-twentieth-century literary voices. A prolific writer who overcame enormous persecution and censorship, Arenas wrote novels, short stories, poetry, theater pieces, and essays. Francisco Soto's Reinaldo Arenas is not only the first comprehensive review in English to examine and analyze the major works of Arenas, but it is also the first to trace the articulation of homoerotic themes and issues in the Cuban writer's oeuvre.
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Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990) is one of Latin America's most provocative late-20th-century voices. His autobiography boldly articulates his homoerotic adventures, and was the first openly homosexual autobiography published in a culture known for its homophobia. Examines and analyzes Arenas' major works, and traces the articulation of homoerotic themes and issues in his novels, autobiography, and poetry. A final chapter summarizes his life and work from the historical context of the Cuban Revolution and its problematic relationship with the issue of homosexuality. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780805745542
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: World Authors Series
  • Pages: 185
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Ch. 1 Arenas's Lifewriting: Before Night Falls 1
Ch. 2 A Homosexual Bildungsroman: The Novels of the Pentagonia 33
Ch. 3 Two Tales of Oppression: "Old Rosa" and "The Brightest Star" 71
Ch. 4 Journey to the Source: Viaje a La Habana 94
Ch. 5 Arenas's Poetry: Politics and Sexuality 124
Ch. 6 Conclusion 152
Notes and References 157
Selected Bibliography 172
Index 181
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