Hispanisms and Homosexualities

Front Cover
Duke University Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 319 pages
0 Reviews
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 María 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, José Esteban Muñoz, José Quiroga, Rubén Ríos Avila, B. Sifuentes Jáuregui, Paul Julian Smith

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Mary S Gossy
19
the Paranoia of Gender Robert McKee Irwin
29
NATIONALISM AND DESIRE
55
Rican Narrative Agnes I LugoOrtiz
76
in New York Ruben R1os Avila
101
QUEERS ANDIN PERFORMANCE
121
Performing
175
Identity and Fragmentation in Juan Goytisolos
197
Lesbian Desire in Bembergs
229
On the Beach with Nestor Almendros
248
On the Weight of the Insular Flesh
269
Works Cited
287
Contributors
309
Index
313
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1998)

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.

Bibliographic information