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Infamous Desire : Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America - Pete Sigal

Infamous Desire

Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America

Paperback Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9780226757049
Number Of Pages: 240

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What did it mean to be a man in colonial Latin America? More specifically, what did indigenous and Iberian groups think of men who had sexual relations with other men? Providing comprehensive analyses of how male homosexualities were represented in areas under both Portuguese and Spanish control, "Infamous Desire" is the first book-length attempt to answer such questions. Each of the contributors connects male homosexual behaviour to broader gender systems - both indigenous and European - that defined masculinity and femininity, and relate sodomy to concepts of desire and power. But they sometimes draw very different conclusions. For instance, based on his study of the "berdache" (indigenous cross-dressers), Richard Trexler argues that homosexuality as we know it today did not exist in colonial Latin America, while Luiz Mott uses Inquisition documents to reveal a community of sodomites whom he believes shared a homosexual identity rooted in their common oppression. "Infamous Desire" should be valuable for anyone studying sexuality, gender or power relations in colonial Latin America.

Introduction: (Homo) Sexual Desire and Masculine Power in Colonial Latin America: Notes toward an Integrated Analysisp. 1
Toward an Andean Theory of Ritual Same-Sex Sexuality and Third-Gender Subjectivityp. 25
Gender Subordination and Political Hierarchy in Pre-Hispanic Americap. 70
Gendered Power, the Hybrid Self, and Homosexual Desire in Late Colonial Yucatanp. 102
Political "Abomination" and Private Reservation: The Nefarious Sin, Homosexuality, and Cultural Values in Colonial Perup. 134
Tales of Two Carmelites: Inquisitorial Narratives from Portugal and Brazilp. 152
Crypto-Sodomites in Colonial Brazilp. 168
The Ashes of Desire: Homosexuality in Mid-Seventeenth-Century New Spainp. 197
List of Contributorsp. 215
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780226757049
ISBN-10: 0226757048
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.35

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