Tortilleras: Hispanic and U. S. Latina Lesbian Expression

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The first anthology to focus exclusively on queer readings of Spanish, Latin American, and US Latina lesbian literature and culture, Tortilleras interrogates issues of gender, national identity, race, ethnicity, and class to show the impossibility of projecting a singular Hispanic or Latina Lesbian. Examining carefully the works of a range of lesbian writers and performance artists, including Carmelita Tropicana and Christina Peri Rossi, among others, the contributors create a picture of the complicated and multi-textured contributions of Latina and Hispanic lesbians to literature and culture. More than simply describing this sphere of creativity, the contributors also recover from history the long, veiled existence of this world, exposing its roots, its impact on lesbian culture, and, making the power of lesbian performance and literature visible.

Author Biography: Inmaculada Perpetusa-Seva is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Kentucky.

Lourdes Torres is Associate Professor of Latin American/Latino studies at De Paul University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592130061
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Coming Out/Covering Up
1 From the Margins to the Mainstream: Lesbian Characters in Spanish Fiction (1964-79) 19
2 Carme Riera: (Un)Covering the Lesbian Subject or Simulation of Coming Out? 35
3 Tomboy Tantrums and Queer Infatuations: Reading Lesbianism in Magali Garcia Ramis's Felices Dias, Tio Sergio 47
4 Coming-Out Stories and the Politics of Identity in the Narrative of Terri De La Pena 68
Pt. II (Re)presenting Lesbian Desire
5 Silent Pleasures and Pleasures of Silence: Ana Maria Moix's "Las Virtudes Peligrosas" 81
6 Reading, Writing, and the Love that Dares Not Speak its Name: Eloquent Silences in Ana Maria Moix's Julia 91
7 Outside the Castle Walls: Beyond Lesbian Counterplotting in Cristina Peri Rossi's Desastres Intimos 118
8 "He Made Me a Hole!" Gender Bending, Sexual Desire, and the Representation of Sexual Violence 127
Pt. III Sites of Resistance
9 Bomberas on Stage: Carmelita Tropicana Speaking in Tongues Against History, Madness, Fate, and the State 147
10 Empowering the Feminine/Feminist/Lesbian Subject Through the Lens: The Representation of Women in Maria Luisa Bemberg's Yo, La Peor De Todas 159
11 The Lesbian Family in Cristina Peri Rossi's "The Witness": A Study in Utopia and Infiltration 176
12 Chicana Lesbianism and the Multigenre Text 196
Pt. IV Racialized Lesbianisms
13 Interracial Lesbian Erotics in Early Modern Spain: Catalina De Erauso and Elena/o De Cespedes 213
14 Violence, Desire, and Transformative Remembering in Emma Perez's Gulf Dreams 228
15 Learning to Live Without Black Familia: Cherrie Moraga's Nationalist Articulations 240
16 Shameless Histories: Chicana Lesbian Fictions Talking Race/Talking Sex 258
About the Contributors 277
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