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Despite the explosion of critical writing on gender and sexuality, relatively little work has focused on Latin America. Sex and Sexuality in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Readerfills in this gap. Daniel Balderston and Donna J. Guy assert that the study of sexuality in Latin America requires a break with the dominant Anglo-European model of gender. To this end, the essays in the collection focus on the uncertain and contingent nature of sexual identity.

Organized around three central themes--control and repression; the politics and culture of resistance; and sexual transgression as affirmation of marginalized identities--this intriguing collection will challenge and inform conceptions of Latin American gender and sexuality. Covering topics ranging from transvestism to the world of tango, and countries as diverse as Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, this volume takes an accessible, dynamic, and interdisciplinary approach to a highly theoretical topic.

"Opens up new conceptual horizons for exploring gender and sexuality. . . . In stimulating readers to think 'outside the box' of established academic notions of sexuality and gender, Sex and Sexuality in Latin America illustrates the sometimes mind-boggling mission of iconoclastic scholarship. The well-written essays are thought-provoking analyses on the cutting edge of gender scholarship."
—Latin American Research Review, vol. 36, no. 3, 2001

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part One: Questioning Identities
  2. pp. 7-61
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  1. 2. Guto's Performance: Notes on the Transvestism of Everyday Life
  2. pp. 9-32
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  1. 3. Crossing the Border with Chabela Vargas: A Chicana Femme's Tribute
  2. pp. 33-43
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  1. 4. Gender without Limits: Transvestism and Subjectivity in El lugar sin limites
  2. pp. 44-61
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  1. Part Two: Policing Sexuality
  2. pp. 63-151
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  1. 5. Conflicting Penile Codes: Modern Masculinity and Sodomy in the Brazilian Military, 1860-1916
  2. pp. 65-85
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  1. 6. The Birth of Mangue: Race, Nation, and the Politics of Prostitution in Rio de Janeiro, 1850-1942
  2. pp. 86-100
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  1. 7. Modernismo and Homophobia: Dar
  2. pp. 101-117
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  1. 8. Los Jotos: Contested Visions of Homosexuality in Modern Mexico
  2. pp. 118-132
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  1. 9. Homosexualities in the Tropic of Revolution
  2. pp. 133-151
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  1. Part Three: Family Values
  2. pp. 153-216
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  1. 10. Mothers Alive and Dead: Multiple Concepts of Mothering in Buenos Aires
  2. pp. 155-173
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  1. 11. Garzonas y Feministas in Cuban Women's Writing of the 1920s: La vida manda by Ofelia Rodriguez Acosta
  2. pp. 174-189
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  1. 12. Excluded Middle? Bisexuality in Doha Herlinda y su hijo
  2. pp. 190-199
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  1. 13. Multiple Masculinities: The Worlds of Tango and Football in Argentina
  2. pp. 200-216
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  1. Part Four: Redefinitions
  2. pp. 217-277
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  1. 14: Gender, Dress, and Market: The Commerce of Citizenship in Latin America
  2. pp. 219-233
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  1. 15. "What a Tangled Web!": Masculinity, Abjection, and the Foundations of Puerto Rican Literature in the United States
  2. pp. 234-249
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  1. 16. From Sappho to Baffo: Diverting the Sexual in Alejandra Pizarnik
  2. pp. 250-258
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  1. 17. Bibliography of Gender and Sexuality Studies on Latin America
  2. pp. 259-277
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 278-279
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-288
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