Hispanisms and Homosexualities (Series Q)

Hispanisms and Homosexualities (Series Q)

By: Sylvia Molloy (editor), Robert McKee Irwin (editor)Paperback

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A man masquerading as a lesbian in Spain's Golden Age fiction. A hermaphrodite's encounters with the Spanish Inquisition. Debates about virility in the national literature of postrevolutionary Mexico. The work of contemporary artists Reinaldo Arenas, Severo Sarduy, and Maria Luisa Bemberg. The public persona of Pedro Zamora, former star of MTV's The Real World. Despite an enduring queer presence in Hispanic literatures and cultures, most scholars have avoided the specter of sexual dissidence in the Spanish-speaking world. In Hispanisms and Homosexualities, editors Sylvia Molloy and Robert Irwin bring together a group of essays that advance Hispanic studies and gay and lesbian studies by calling into question what is meant by the words Hispanic and homosexual. The fourteen contributors to this volume not only offer queer readings of Spanish and Latin American texts and performances, they also undermine a univocal sense of homosexual identities and practices. Taking on formations of national identity and sexuality; the politics of visibility and outing; the intersections of race, sexuality, and imperial discourse; the status of transvestism and posing; and a postmodern aesthetic of camp and kitsch, these essays from both established and emerging scholars provide a more complex and nuanced view of related issues involving nationality, ethnicity, and sexuality in the Hispanic world. Hispanisms and Homosexualities offers the most sophisticated critical and theoretical work to date in Hispanic and queer studies. It will be an essential text for all those engaged with the complexities of ethnic, cultural, and sexual subjectivities.Contributors. Daniel Balderston, Emilie Bergmann, Israel Burshatin, Brad Epps, Mary S. Gossy, Robert Irwin, Agnes I. Lugo-Ortiz, Sylvia Molloy, Oscar Montero, Jose Esteban Munoz, Jose Quiroga, Ruben Rios Avila, B. Sifuentes Jauregui, Paul Julian Smith

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Sylvia Molloy is the Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities at New York University. She is the author of numerous books including Signs of Borges, also published by Duke University Press. Robert Irwin is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Tulane University.


Acknowledgments vii Introduction / Sylvia Molloy and Robert McKee Irwin ix I. Gender at Loss Interrogating Hermaphroditism in Sixteenth-Century Spain / Israel Burshatin 3 Skirting the Question: Lesbians and Maria de Zayas / Mary S. Gossy 19 The Legend of Jorge Cuesta: The Perils of Alchemy and The Paranoia of Gender / Robert McKee Irwin 29 II. Nationalism and Desire Poetry, Revolution, Homophobia: Polemics from the Mexican Revolution / Daniel Balderston 57 Nationalism, Male Anxiety, and the Lesbian Body in Puerto Rican Narrative / Agnes I. Lugo-Ortiz 76 Caribbean Dislocations: Arenas and Ramos Otero in New York / Ruben Rios Avila 101 III. Queers and/in Performance The Swishing of Gender: Homographetic Marks in Lazarillo de Tormes / B. Sifuentes Jauregui 123 The Poetics of Posing / Sylvia Molloy 141 The Signifying Queen: Critical Notes from a Latino Queer / Oscar Montero 161 Pedro Zamora's Real World of Counterpublicity: Performing an Ethics of the Self / Jose Esteban Munoz 175 IV. Desire and Representation Sexual Terror: Identity and Fragmentation in Juan Goytisolo's Paisajes despues de la batalla / Brad Epps 197 Abjection and Ambiguity: Lesbian Desire in Bemberg's Yo, la peor de todas / Emilie Bergmann 229 Cuban Homosexualities: On the Beach with Nestor Almendros and Reinaldo Arenas / Paul Julian Smith 248 Virgilio Penera: On the Weight of the Insular Flesh / Jose Quiroga 269 Works Cited 287 Contributors 309 Index 313

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  • ISBN13: 9780822321989
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780822321989
  • ISBN10: 082232198X

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