Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature: Genders Share Flesh

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Palgrave Macmillan, Feb 23, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
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This book is the first of its kind—a comprehensive account of transvestism and the performance of gender in Latin American literature and culture. Ben. Sifuentes-Jaureguí explores the figure of the transvestite and his/her relation to the body through a series of canonical Latin American texts. By analyzing works by Alejo Carpentier, José Donoso, Severo Sarduy, and Manuel Puig, alongside critical works in gender studies and queer theory, Sifuentes-Jaureguí shows how transvestism operates not only to destabilize, but often to affirm sexual, gender, national, and political identities.

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BEN. SIFUENTES-JÁUREGUI is Assistant Professor of Latin American literature at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he teaches in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the program in Comparative Literature.

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