Reading and Writing the Ambiente: Queer Sexualities in Latino, Latin American, and Spanish Culture

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Susana Chávez-Silverman, Librada Hernández
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2000 - Literary Collections - 335 pages
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In this dynamic collection of essays, many leading literary scholars trace gay and lesbian themes in Latin American, Hispanic, and U.S. Latino literary and cultural texts. Reading and Writing the Ambiente is consciously ambitious and far-ranging, historically as well as geographically. It includes discussions of texts from as early as the seventeenth century to writings of the late twentieth century.
    Reading and Writing the Ambiente also underscores the ways in which lesbian and gay self-representation in Hispanic texts differs from representations in Anglo-American texts. The contributors demonstrate that—unlike the emphasis on the individual in Anglo- American sexual identity—Latino, Spanish, and Latin American sexual identity is produced in the surrounding culture and community, in the ambiente. As one of the first collections of its kind, Reading and Writing the Ambiente is expressive of the next wave of gay Hispanic and Latin scholarship.

 

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Contents

Maria de Zayas and Lesbian Desire in Early
21
Crossdressers Tribades
43
Romantic Friendships
62
The Silencing of a Voice
93
The Queer Enigma
114
Alternative Identities of Gabriela Mistral 19061920
147
Sandra Cisneros Talking Back
181
Cubanidad in Performances
200
Evita Perón Juan José Sebreli and Gender
218
Queer Cortŕzar and the Lectora Macho
239
Looking Queer in the Autobiography of Terenci Moix
257
Lesbianism Female Homosociality and the Maternal
275
Autobiography of a
299
Contributors
319
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Susana Chávez-Silverman is professor of romance languages and literatures at Pomona College in California. She is coeditor of Tropicalizations: Trans-cultural Representations of Latinidad and author of Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disasters and Killer Crónicas. Librada Hernández is assistant professor of Spanish at Los Angeles Valley College in California.

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