Danger Zones: Homosexuality, National Identity, and Mexican Culture

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University of Arizona Press, 1996 - Social Science - 159 pages
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Homosexuality has appeared as a secondary theme in the fictional works of numerous mainstream writers in contemporary Mexico. Here, the author deals with issues of gender identity when they emerge as metaphorical red flags signaling cultural danger zones along the path to harmonious national discourse. By focusing on the representation of homosexuality in a variety of texts produced between 1964 and 1994, the book also delineates complex relationships within Mexican society.

Contents:
1. El diario de JosŽ Toledo: The Fantasies of a Middle-Class Bureaucrat
2. The Power of Subversive Imagination: Utopian Discourse in the Novels of Luis Zapata and JosŽ Rafael Calva
3. On the Cutting Edge: El jinete azul and the Aesthetics of the Abyss
4. Monobodies, Antibodies, and the Body Politic: Sara Levi Calder—nŐs Dos mujeres
5. Just Another Material Girl? La hermana secreta de AngŽlica Mar’a and the Seduction of the Popular
6. From "Infernal Realms of Delinquency" to Cozy Caba–as in Cuernavaca: JosŽ Joaqu’n BlancoŐs Visions of Homosexuality
 

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Contents

The Long and Winding
3
Eljinete azul
59
Monobodies Antibodies and the Body
81
Just Another Material Girl? La hermana
107
From Infernal Realms of Delinquency
133
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Claudia Schaefer is the author of numerous studies on twentieth-century Spain and Latin America. She is professor of Hispanic literature and culture at the University of Rochester.

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