Cover

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Series page, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Esto no es una despedida

Jenaro Talens

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pp. ix-x

La noticia de tu muerte me ha sorprendido en esta fría mañana de diciembre. Nick, el bueno de Nick, no sabía cómo decírmelo. La muerte es tan absurda y quedaban tantas cosas por hacer... Me pidió que pergeñara unas palabras para tu funeral y he decidido enviarte esta carta. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

We wish to express our gratitude to Nicholas Spadaccini for his exemplary support to this project, and to Naomi Lindstrom, for her collaboration.

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Introduction: The Age of Suspicion: Mapping Sexualities in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Texts

Dário Borim Jr., Roberto Reis

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pp. xiii-xxxii

According to Webster's New World Dictionary, the word introduction, in strict usage, refers to the preliminary section of a book (often written by someone other than the author) that explains and leads into the subject proper. Intro derives from intero, which, akin to inter, denotes "inwardly." ...

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Chapter 1 The Sexual Economy of Miguel de Cervantes

Robert ter Horst

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pp. 1-23

Chapter XXII of Part I of Don Quijote, the episode in which the knight unwisely sets twelve galley slaves free, is justly celebrated for its indeterminacy. On the practical level, there seems to be no problem, for each condemned person more or less confirms his guilt, and once all are liberated they, taking their lead from Gines de Pasamonte, ...

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Chapter 2 The Sinful Scene: Transgression in Seventeenth-Century Spanish Drama (1625–1685)

Javier Aparicio Maydeu

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pp. 24-36

This essay will be limited to the period of time between the years 1625 and 1685. During this time, moralists frequently attest to the presence of constant erotic transgressions on the baroque stage. In the distorted mirror of the merchants of morality of the seventeenth century, it seemed not only that Spanish theater of that period did not comply with the orthodoxy of decorum, but that it took pleasure in deviating from it. ...

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Chapter 3 Desire and Decorum in the Twentieth-Century Colombian Novel

J. Eduardo Jaramillo Zuluaga

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pp. 37-78

There is one incessant history: the history of the body, the history of its adventures and misadventures. Throughout the life of their country, Colombian writers have narrated the history of the body, invoking different words and thus weaving this history in quite diverse ways. ...

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Chapter 4 Representations of Family and Sexuality in Brazilian Cultural Discourse

Roberto Reis

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pp. 79-114

During Carnaval, half-dressed women show their tanned bodies to the beat of the samba rhythm. In Ipanema, girls in their tiny bikinis parade their gracefulness down the southern beaches of Rio. The most exotic images associated with Brazilian culture are highly charged with eroticism, perpetuating the myth of sexual permissiveness. ...

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Chapter 5 The Body in Context: Don Quixote and Don Juan

James A. Parr

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pp. 115-136

In an initial approximation, there could hardly be two more disparate works or two more dissimilar protagonists than Don Quixote and Don Juan. The differences in age, social class, self-assigned mission, attitudes toward women, and the Apollonian versus Dionysian worldview would seem to mitigate against any similarities of consequence. ...

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Chapter 6 Popular Culture and Gender/Genre Construction in Mexican Bolero by Angeles Mastretta

Salvador A. Oropesa

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pp. 137-164

My hypothesis (Monsivais 1992, Rebeil), in order to define the meaning of the term Mexican in the 1980s and 1990s (during the administrations of Miguel de la Madrid, 1982-88, and Carlos Salinas de Gortari, 1988-94), is that television2 has to be considered as the chronotope where the term Mexican is being redefined. ...

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Chapter 7 Sexing the Bildungsroman: Las edades de Lulú, Pornography, and the Pleasure Principle

Silvia Bermúdez

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pp. 165-183

A few months after Las edades de Lulú (The Ages of Lulu) won the coveted First Prize of the erotic collection "La sonrisa vertical" (The Vertical Smile), Marie Claire (Spain), one of the major European women's magazines, published a revealing interview (August 1989) with Almudena Grandes, the young author of the novel.1 ...

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Chapter 8 El diario de José Toledo: A Queer Space in the World of Mexican Letters

Marina Pérez de Mendiola

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pp. 184-202

Judging from the homophobic response in 1991 disclosed by Mexican state officials to a gay conference to be held in Guadalajara, Mexican gay and lesbian groups such as GOHL (Grupo Orgullo de Liberation Homosexual [Homosexual Liberation Pride Group]), Colectivo Sol (Sun Collective), and Patlatonalli still have a long way to go. ...

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Chapter 9 Camilo's Closet: Sexual Camouflage in Denevi's Rosaura a las diez

Herbert J. Brant

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pp. 203-216

Marco Denevi is one of Argentina's most influential and important prose writers. One of the most distinctive features of his writing is the creation of a situation in which a presumed truth has been concealed with a mask. Consequently, in Denevi's work there always seems to be an uneasy tension, a nagging suspicion that something is definitely not what it appears to be. ...

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Chapter 10 Monobodies, Antibodies, and the Body Politic: Sara Levi Calderón's Dos mujeres

Claudia Schaefer-Rodriguez

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pp. 217-237

In the current cultural climate of demolished walls and toppled public monuments, it seems noteworthy, even a bit disconcerting, to find in place an internationally orchestrated and promoted art exhibition such as Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries, which made the rounds of U.S. museums from New York to Los Angeles before it moved on to Monterrey, Mexico, in 1992. ...

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Chapter 11 Not So Lonely: A Butch-Femme Reading of Cristina Peri-Rossi's Solitario de amor

Mary S. Gossy

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pp. 238-245

When I first heard that Cristina Peri-Rossi had published an erotic novel I looked forward to Solitario de amor's being an addition to the fairly small population of "out" lesbian novels published in Spanish. I opened the book at random in a bookstore in Madrid in 1988 and found the following passage: ...

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Chapter 12 The Case for Feminine Pornography in Latin America

David William Foster

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pp. 246-273

There are few topics in contemporary cultural production that are more controversial, that more divide individuals into entrenched positions, than pornography. While pornography may be a central fact of human artistic expression, as archaeology and historical studies have amply demonstrated ...

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Chapter 13 The Pornographic Subject of Los borbones en pelota

Lou Charnon-Deutsch

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pp. 274-293

In 1991, Ediciones El Museo Universal published an album of 89 watercolors, originally titled Los borbones en pelota, under the title Sem. The watercolors, signed "Sem" or "Semen" are thought to have been painted by Valeriano and Gustavo Becquer, sometime during the period of 1868-69. ...

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Chapter 14 Codifying Homosexuality as Grotesque: The Writings of Virgilio Piñera

Ana García Chichester

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pp. 294-315

More than a decade after his death in 1979, Virgilio Piñera's literature is still relatively unknown compared to that of many of his contemporaries. His contribution to Latin American theater and to Cuban narrative is undeniably important. ...

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Chapter 15 Eroticism and Homoeroticism in Martín Fierro

Gustavo Geirola

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pp. 316-332

José Hernández (1824-86), with his Martín Fierro (1872 and 1879), is undoubtedly the emblematic author of Argentine identity. Critics and cultural essayists have been unable to resist constructing around him a series of supposedly national and spiritual values concerning what it means to be Argentine. ...

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Chapter 16 Intricacies of Brazilian Gayness: A Cross-Cultural and Cross-Temporal Approach

Dário Borim Jr.

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pp. 333-358

Some of the changes Brazilian society undertakes in the late 1960s and 1970s exemplify an authoritarian aspect of its sociopolitical values and dynamics. This aspect has much to do with the division of people into two mutually exclusive categories, the domains of masculinity and femininity, which I would like to discuss by focusing on homosexuality. ...

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Chapter 17 The Ecstasy of Disease: Mysticism, Metaphor, and AIDS in Las virtudes del pájaro solitario

Brad Epps

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pp. 359-396

What is at stake when the ravages of the flesh nourish the ecstasy of the letter? What happens when the metaphorical condensation of love and death, so essential to the mystico-poetic tradition, is realized, actualized, literalized? ...

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Afterword

Naomi Lindstrom

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pp. 397-420

Bodies and Biases: Sexualities in Hispanic Cultures and Literatures, the newest volume in the Hispanic Issues series, chooses as its terrain a thematic area that spreads out across literature, culture, society, and experience itself. It is difficult to think of any aspect of human life that is not potentially sexualized and, hence, potentially raw material for the cultural representation of sexualities. ...

Contributors

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pp. 421-424

Index

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pp. 425-440