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¿Entiendes?: Queer Readings, Hispanic Writings
     

¿Entiendes?: Queer Readings, Hispanic Writings

by Paul Julian Smith, Emilie L. Bergmann, Michele Aina Barale, Jonathan Goldberg, Michael Moon
 

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ISBN-10: 0822316153

ISBN-13: 9780822316152

Pub. Date: 05/24/1995

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


"¿Entiendes?" is literally translated as "Do you understand? Do you get it?" But those who do "get it" will also hear within this question a subtler meaning: "Are you queer? Are you one of us?" The issues of gay and lesbian identity represented by this question are explored for the first time in the context of

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"¿Entiendes?" is literally translated as "Do you understand? Do you get it?" But those who do "get it" will also hear within this question a subtler meaning: "Are you queer? Are you one of us?" The issues of gay and lesbian identity represented by this question are explored for the first time in the context of Spanish and Hispanic literature in this groundbreaking anthology.
Combining intimate knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures with contemporary queer theory, these essays address texts that share both a common language and a concern with lesbian, gay, and bisexual identities. Using a variety of approaches, the contributors tease the homoerotic messages out of a wide range of works, from chronicles of colonization in the Caribbean to recent Puerto Rican writing, from the work of Cervantes to that of the most outrageous contemporary Latina performance artists. This volume offers a methodology for examining work by authors and artists whose sexuality is not so much open as "an open secret," respecting, for example, the biographical privacy of writers like Gabriela Mistral while responding to the voices that speak in their writing. Contributing to an archeology of queer discourses, ¿Entiendes? also includes important studies of terminology and encoded homosexuality in Argentine literature and Caribbean journalism of the late nineteenth century.
Whether considering homosexual panic in the stories of Borges, performances by Latino AIDS activists in Los Angeles, queer lives in turn-of-the-century Havana and Buenos Aires, or the mapping of homosexual geographies of 1930s New York in Lorca’s "Ode to Walt Whitman," ¿Entiendes? is certain to stir interest at the crossroads of sexual and national identities while proving to be an invaluable resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822316152
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/24/1995
Series:
Series Q
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.32(d)
Lexile:
1510L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction / Paul Julian Smith and Emilie L. Bergmann 1

One. Re-Loading the Canon

Aldonza as Butch: Narrative and the Play of Gender in Don Quixote / Mary S. Gossy 17

The "Fecal Dialectic": Homosexual Panic and the Origin of Writing in Borges / Daniel Balderston 29

Two. (Neo)historical Retrievals

The Argentine Dissemination of Homosexuality, 1890–1914 / Jorge Salessi 49

Julián del Casal and the Queers of Havana / Oscar Montero 92

Three. Nationalisms, Ethnicities, and (Homo)sexualities

Community at Its Limits: Orality, Law, Silence, and the Homosexual Body in Luis Rafael Sánchez's 'Jum' / Agnes I. Lugo-Ortiz 115

Toward an Art of Transvestism: Colonialism and Homosexuality in Puerto Rican Literature / Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé 137

Fleshing Out Virgilio Piñera from the Cuban Closet / José Quiroga 168

The Lesbian Body in Latina Cultural Production / Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano 181

Four. Biographical Constructions, Textual Encodings

The "Schoolteacher of America": Gender, Sexuality, and Nation in Gabriela Mistral / Licia Fiol-Matta 201

Disappearing Acts: Reading Lesbian in Teresa de la Parra / Sylvia Molloy 230

A Logic in Lorca's Ode to Walt Whitman / John K. Walsh 257

Five. Queer Readers/Queer Texts

The Look that Kills: The "Unacceptable Beauty" of Alejandra Piznarnik's La condesa sangrienta / Suzanne Chávez Silverman 281

Lesbian Tantalizing in Carmen Lugo Filippi's "Milagros, Calle Mercurio" / Luz María Umpierre 306

Six. Call to Theory/Call to Action

Virtual Sexuality: Lesbianism, Loss, and Deliverance in Carme Rierra's "Te deix, amor, la mar com a penyora" / Brad Epps 317

Teatro Viva!: Latino Performance and the Politics of AIDS in Los Angeles / David Román 346

Nationalizing Sissies / José Piedra 370

Index 411

Contributors 427

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