Infamous Desire: Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America

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Pete Sigal
University of Chicago Press, 2003 - Social Science - 223 pages
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What did it mean to be a man in colonial Latin America? More specifically, what did indigenous and Iberian groups think of men who had sexual relations with other men? Providing comprehensive analyses of how male homosexualities were represented in areas under Portuguese and Spanish control, Infamous Desire is the first book-length attempt to answer such questions. In a study that will be indispensable for anyone studying sexuality and gender in colonial Latin America, an esteemed group of contributors view sodomy through the lens of desire and power, relating male homosexual behavior to broader gender systems that defined masculinity and femininity.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION HomoSexual Desire and Masculine Power
1
CHAPTER ONE Toward an Andean Theory of Ritual SameSex Sexuality
25
CHAPTER TWO Gender Subordination and Political Hierarchy
70
CHAPTER THREE Gendered Power the Hybrid Self and Homosexual Desire in Late
102
The Nefarious
134
Inquisitorial Narratives from
152
CHAPTER SIX CryptoSodomites in ColonialBrazil
168
Homosexuality
197
List of Contributors
215
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Pete Sigal is an associate professor of history at California State University, Los Angeles. He is the author of From Moon Goddesses to Virgins: The Colonization of Yucatecan Maya Sexual Desire.

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