Sexual Textualities

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Since the 1991 publication of his groundbreaking book Gay and Lesbian Themes in Latin American Writing, David William Foster has proposed a series of theoretical and critical principles for the analysis of Latin American culture from the perspectives of the queer. This book continues that project with a queer reading of literary and cultural aspects of Latin American texts.

Moving beyond its predecessor, which provided an initial inventory of Latin American gay and lesbian ...

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Sexual Textualities: Essays on Queer/ing Latin American Writing

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Overview

Since the 1991 publication of his groundbreaking book Gay and Lesbian Themes in Latin American Writing, David William Foster has proposed a series of theoretical and critical principles for the analysis of Latin American culture from the perspectives of the queer. This book continues that project with a queer reading of literary and cultural aspects of Latin American texts.

Moving beyond its predecessor, which provided an initial inventory of Latin American gay and lesbian writing, Sexual Textualities analyzes questions of gender representation in Latin American cultural productions to establish the interrelationships, tensions, and irresolvable conflicts between heterosexism and homoeroticism. The topics that Foster addresses include Eva Peron as a cultural/sexual icon, feminine pornography, Luis Humberto Hermosillo's classic gay film Doña Herlinda y su hijo, homoerotic writing and Chicano authors, Matias Montes Huidobro's Exilio and the representation of gay identity, representation of the body in Alejandra Pizarnik's poetry, and the crisis of masculinity in Argentine fiction from 1940 to 1960.

"Author continues his work on gay studies by questioning the makeup of the canon and the occlusion of the queering rhetoric. Includes essays on homoerotic writing by Chicano authors, lesbian desire in representations of Evita, feminine pornography in Latin America, and the crisis of masculinity in Argentine fiction. Very well researched; theoretically sound and provocative. Required reading in queer studies. See also HLAS 48:5657 and item #bi 97002052# by the same author"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292725027
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: Texas Pan American Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

David William Foster is Regents’ Professor of Spanish and Women’s Studies at Arizona State University, where he directs the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1 Agenda and Canon: Some Necessary Priorities 1
2 Evita Peron, Juan Jose Sebreli, and Gender 22
3 The Case for Feminine Pornography in Latin America 39
4 Queering the Patriarchy in Hermosillo's Dona Herlinda y su hijo 64
5 Homoerotic Writing and Chicano Authors 73
6 Montes Huidobro's Exilio and the Representation of Gay Identity 87
7 The Representation of the Body in the Poetry of Alejandra Pizarnik 94
8 The Crisis of Masculinity in Argentine Fiction, 1940-1960 118
Notes 147
References 161
Index 175
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