Macho Ethics: Masculinity and Self-Representation in Latino-Caribbean Narrative

Macho Ethics: Masculinity and Self-Representation in Latino-Caribbean Narrative

by Jason Cortes


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Masculinity is not a monolithic phenomenon, but a historically discontinuous one-a fabrication as it were, of given cultural circumstances. Because of its opacity and instability, masculinity, like more recognizable systems of oppression, resists discernibility. In Macho Ethics: Masculinity and Self-Representation in Latino-Caribbean Narrative, Jason Cortés seeks to reveal the inner workings of masculinity in the narrative prose of four major Caribbean authors: the Cuban Severo Sarduy; the Dominican American Junot Díaz; and the Puerto Ricans Luis Rafael Sánchez and Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá. By exploring the relationship between ethics and authority, the legacies of colonial violence, the figure of the dictator, the macho, and the dandy, the logic of the Archive, the presence of Oscar Wilde, and notions of trauma and mourning, Macho Ethics fills a gap surrounding issues of power and masculinity within the Caribbean context, and draws attention to what frequently remains invisible and unspoken.

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ISBN-13: 9781611486391
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2016
Series: Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jason Cortés is assistant professor of Spanish and American studies at Rutgers University-Newark.

Table of Contents

Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction: Macho Ethics: Authority Matters Chapter 1: Eerie Feelings: Spectral Authority Chapter 2: The Sarduyan Paradox Chapter 3: The Sentimental Education Chapter 4: No Home-Run Hitter or Fly Bachatero Conclusion Bibliography

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