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Through economic liberalization and the untethering of labor and production markets, masculinity as hegemon has entered a crisis stage. Renegotiated labor and familial orders have triggered a widespread cultural renegotiation of how masculinity operates and is represented. This holds especially true in Latin America.

Addressing this, Vinodh Venkatesh uses contemporary Latin American literature to examine how masculinity is constructed and conceived. The Body as Capital centers socioeconomic and political concerns, anxieties, and paradigms on the male anatomy and on the matrices of masculinities presented in fiction. Developing concepts such as the “market of masculinities” and the “transnational theater of masculinities,” the author explains how contemporary fiction centers the male body and masculine expressions as key components in the relationship between culture, space, and global tensile forces.

Venkatesh includes novels by canonical and newer writers from Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Peru, and Chile. He focuses on texts produced after 1990, coinciding with what has popularly been termed the neoliberal experiment. In addition to probing well-known novels such as La fiesta del Chivo and La mujer habitada and their accompanying body of criticism, The Body as Capital defines and examines several masculine tropes that will be of interest to scholars of contemporary Latin American literature and gender studies. Ultimately, Venkatesh argues for a more holistic approximation of discursive gender that will feed into other angles of criticism, forging a new path in the critical debates over gender and sexuality in Latin American writing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. Introduction: The Body as Capital
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. Part I. New Historical Masculinities
  2. pp. 15-17
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  1. 1. Commoditizing the Male Body in Margarita, está linda la mar
  2. pp. 18-25
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  1. 2. Marketing Masculinities in Nadie me verá llorar
  2. pp. 26-36
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  1. 3. Political Masculinities in La fiesta del Chivo
  2. pp. 37-44
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  1. 4. Queer(ing) Masculinities as the Dictator Falls
  2. pp. 45-56
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  1. Part II. Lyrical Readings and the Deterritorialization of Masculinities
  2. pp. 57-60
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  1. 5. Defining the Literary OST
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. 6. Lyrical Epistemologies and Masculine Desire
  2. pp. 69-79
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  1. 7. Homosocial Dynamics and the Spatiality of Seduction
  2. pp. 80-90
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  1. 8. Franz Galich’s Managua, Rock City
  2. pp. 91-108
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  1. Part III. Novel and Transnational Masculinities
  2. pp. 109-111
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  1. 9. Glocalized Masculinities of the Barrio Alto
  2. pp. 112-120
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  1. 10. Materializing the Penis
  2. pp. 121-127
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  1. 11. Challenging Novel Masculinities
  2. pp. 128-138
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  1. Conclusion: Of Tropes and Men
  2. pp. 139-156
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 157-170
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 171-180
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 181-185
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816532216
Related ISBN
9780816500697
MARC Record
OCLC
933516719
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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