Crossing Sex and Gender in Latin America

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jul 15, 2010 - Social Science - 271 pages
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Signifying “others” or signs of life? This book critically examines the ways in which crossing sex and gender is imagined in key cultural texts from contemporary Latin America. Unlike previous studies, Crossing Sex and Gender in Latin America does not hold that sexually diverse figures are always and only performative or allegorical and instead places the accent on questions of the presence or absence of an account of subjectivity in contemporary representation. Via analysis of selected films and literary works of Reinaldo Arenas, Mayra Santos-Febres, Pedro Lemebel, among others, the author reflects on the political implications of recent visions (1985-2005).

 

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Contents

The Persistence of Visions Sex and Gender Variance in the Past and Present
1
Reframing Dominant Knowledges of Sex and Gender Variance in Latin America
17
The Janus Face of the State and GenderVariant Bodies in Reinaldo Arenas
45
Gender Crossing and Trans Signification in Contemporary Cinema from Latin America
73
Eroticism Epidemia and the Invalidation of Bodies in Pedro Juan Gutiérrezs El Rey de La Habana and Mario Bellatins Salón de belleza
107
Luis Zapatas La hermana secreta de Angélica María and Mayra SantosFebress Sirena Selena vestida de pena
143
Loca and Travesti Subjectivities in the Work of Pedro Lemebel
181
Epilogue
221
Notes
227
References
249
Index
265
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Vek Lewis teaches contemporary Latin American film, literature and popular culture, as well as courses in Latino/a Studies and Critical Theory, at the University of Sydney, Australia, where he is lecturer and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies. He has published work in Chasqui, Portal and Sexualities and in several books. Besides working on cultural representations, Lewis conducts ethnographic field research around questions of migration, cultural identity, legal systems and sexual minorities in Mexico and Australia.

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