Side Dishes: Latina American Women, Sex, and Cultural Production

Side Dishes: Latina American Women, Sex, and Cultural Production

by Melissa A Fitch
     
 

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Moving beyond the "main dishes" of traditional literary works, Side Dishes offers a provocative and delicious new understanding of Latin American women's authorship and activism. The book illuminates a wealth of creative and intellectual work by Latin American women—editors, directors, cartoonists, academics, performance artists, and

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Moving beyond the "main dishes" of traditional literary works, Side Dishes offers a provocative and delicious new understanding of Latin American women's authorship and activism. The book illuminates a wealth of creative and intellectual work by Latin American women—editors, directors, cartoonists, academics, performance artists, and comedians—and explores them in light of their treatment of women's sexuality.

Side Dishes considers feminist pornography and literary representations of masturbation, bisexuality, lesbianism, and sexual fantasies; the treatment of lust in stand-up comedy and science fiction; critical issues in leading feminist journals; and portrayals of sexuality in four contemporary Latin American films. Melissa A. Fitch concludes with a look at the rise of women's and gender studies programs in Latin America.

Editorial Reviews

Feminist Review

"Side Dishes, at times more tasty, original, and irresistible than 'the main dishes,' is a delightful, playful, and innovative work about Latina, Brazilian, and Spanish Americanwomen writers, filmmakers, cartoonists, and science fiction producers. Invaluable works by women in Side Dishes are found outside the usual diet of canonical texts by LatinAmerican women. They broaden our knowledge and understanding of different ways and approaches of looking at cultural narratives of women."
Choice

"Fitch sets aside the canonical works of contemporary Latina and Latin American women in an attempt to draw attention to other examples of women's cultural production that are underexplored. The result is a readable study that makes the case that many of the artifacts of popular culture are more representative of the region than the novels and novelists that routinely populate college curricula. Recommended."
co-editor of Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction - Suzanne Ferriss

"Playful in tone but intellectually rigorous, Side Dishes adopts culinary metaphors to expand the 'menu' typically offered in studies of Latin American women's cultural production. In her analysis of film, stand-up comedy, science fiction, cartoons and more, Melissa Fitch outlines a bold new direction for both feminist and cultural studies focused on female sexuality."
editor of From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture - Myra Mendible

"Melissa Fitch serves up an enticing array of Latina 'side dishes' in this collection of broadly interdisciplinary essays. Her menu includes chapters on Latin American and Latina stand-up comedians, science fiction writers, filmmakers, cartoonists, 'smut' artists and more—a range of creative and intellectual treats mostly excluded in standard academic fare. A delightful sampling of the richness, variety, and complexity of Latina identities and cultural production."
Suzanne Ferriss
"Playful in tone but intellectually rigorous, Side Dishes adopts culinary metaphors to expand the 'menu' typically offered in studies of Latin American women's cultural production. In her analysis of film, stand-up comedy, science fiction, cartoons and more, Melissa Fitch outlines a bold new direction for both feminist and cultural studies focused on female sexuality."
Myra Mendible
"Melissa Fitch serves up an enticing array of Latina 'side dishes' in this collection of broadly interdisciplinary essays. Her menu includes chapters on Latin American and Latina stand-up comedians, science fiction writers, filmmakers, cartoonists, 'smut' artists and more—a range of creative and intellectual treats mostly excluded in standard academic fare. A delightful sampling of the richness, variety, and complexity of Latina identities and cultural production."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813545257
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
07/30/2009
Series:
New Directions in International Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Melissa A. Fitch is an associate professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. She is the coauthor of Culture and Customs in Argentina and the former editor of Studies in Latin American Culture. Her essays on Latin American theater, film, and popular culture have been published in numerous journals.

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