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Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature : Genders Share Flesh - Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui

Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature

Genders Share Flesh

Paperback Published: 2nd April 2002
ISBN: 9780312294410
Number Of Pages: 240

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This book is the first of its kind—a comprehensive account of transvestism and the performance of gender in Latin American literature and culture. Ben. Sifuentes-Jaureguí explores the figure of the transvestite and his/her relation to the body through a series of canonical Latin American texts. By analyzing works by Alejo Carpentier, José Donoso, Severo Sarduy, and Manuel Puig, alongside critical works in gender studies and queer theory, Sifuentes-Jaureguí shows how transvestism operates not only to destabilize, but often to affirm sexual, gender, national, and political identities.

'A truly exceptional and extraordinarily acute reflection on transvestism and the performance of gender....' - Sylvia Molloy, President of the Modern Language Association & Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities at New York University

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Chronicle of Gender Foretold: Transvestism and the Difficulty of Genderp. 1
Nation and the Scandal of Effeminacy: Rereading Los "41"p. 15
Fashion's Lost Word: Carpentier Writes Womanp. 53
Gender without Limits: The Erotics of Masculinity in El lugar sin limitesp. 87
Transvestite and Homobaroque Twirls: Sarduy on the Verge of Reading Structuralism/Psychoanalysis/Deconstructionp. 119
Kissing the Body Politic: Engendering Heterosexuality/Screening the Homosocialp. 151
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 223
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780312294410
ISBN-10: 0312294417
Series: St Martins Press
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 2nd April 2002
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1