Crossing through Chueca
Lesbian Literary Culture in Queer Madrid
Publication Year: 2011
Jill Robbins traverses the various literary spaces of the city associated with queer culture, in particular the gay barrio of Chueca, revealing how it is a product of interrelations—a site crisscrossed by a multiplicity of subjects who constitute it as a queer space through the negotiation of their sexual, racial, gender, and class identities. Robbins recognizes Chueca as a political space as well, a refuge from homophobia. She also shows how the spatial and literary practices of Chueca relate to economic issues.
In examining how women’s sexual identities have become visible in and through the Chueca phenomenon, this work is a revealing example of transnational queer studies within the broader Western discussion on gender and sexuality.
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
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Preface: Marching toward Marriage
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It was July 2005 and gay marriage had just been approved by the Spanish government. On the afternoon of my sixth Spanish Pride, I met my Guatemalan partner, Arturo Arias, and a group of our lesbian and bisexual friends for lunch in the pricey Madrid neighborhood of Salamanca, a conservative bastion on that year’s parade route. The parade organizers wanted to celebrate the legitimacy the marriage legislation ...
1. A Brief History of Chueca and Madrid’s Queer Space
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Although Barcelona has arguably been more at the vanguard of LGBTQ culture and politics, the Spanish capital played a unique symbolic role following the death of right-wing dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, as the country sought first to distance itself from its recent past, and then to become an important actor in Western, and specifically Eu-ropean, neoliberalism and globalized capitalism. This social transforma-...
2. Lesbian Literary Identities in the Madrid Book Business
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The preceding chapter offered a brief history of the relation-ships between a variety of identities and Madrid’s urban space, par-ticularly from the end of Francoism through the consolidation of Chueca as the emblem of gay/lesbian political and economic power in the capital. It also discussed how the conception of queer sites during the 1980s in Spain focused primarily on male experiences, and, how, beginning in the ...
3. The New Safita: Andalusia and the Phallic Woman in Plumas de España
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The debates surrounding the literariness of Egales’s “Salir del ar-mario” series touched on several questions about the gendered nature of cultural and sexual politics in Spain in a globalized age. The writer Luis Antonio de Villena, for example, criticized the series, and the Berkana bookstore itself, in an interview with the late Leopoldo Alas in the latter’s 2002 book Ojo de loca no se equivoca: Una irónica y lúcida reflexión sobre el ...
4. Lesbian-Themed Best Sellers and the Politics of Acceptance
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In chapter 2 I addressed the impact on the Spanish publishing busi-ness of globalization and the increasingly neoliberal values of Spanish citizens, arguably results of the nation’s integration into, first, the European Economic Community (1986) and then the European Union (1993). I ar-gued that these factors shifted control of publication from local, intellec-tual editors to global conglomerates that placed greater emphasis on best ...
5. Dislocations: Identity and Communication in Cenicienta en Chueca
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This chapter examines the literary representation of the forces of globalization and the neocolonial relations between Latin America, Spain, and the European Union via communication technologies. Cenicientaen Chueca (Cinderella in Chueca), a collection of short stories by Argentine exile María Felicitas Jaime published by Odisea in 2003, especially lends itself to a consideration of these issues. The book traces a variety of con-...
6. Popular Lesbian Fiction: Romance, Literature, and Legislation
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In the early 2000s, Spain’s LGBTQ community activists—including those involved in the gay/lesbian book industry—campaigned for what they described as equality before the law, in the form of gay/lesbian mar-riage and adoption legislation. Several autonomous communities (Cata-lunya, Valencia, Navarre, and Aragon) had already approved measures recognizing civil unions between same-sex partners at the end of the ...
Conclusion: Toward Lesbian Visibility
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This book has explored the various constitutions of lesbian literary identities within the construction of the geographic and symbolic space of Chueca from the end of the movida in the late 1980s until the Pride celebration of gay/lesbian marriage in 2005. I have argued that the changes in the barrio have responded to political and economic processes that have dramatically impacted the degree and the forms of lesbian visi-...
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This book is the product of years of dialogue not only with a vari-ety of written texts, but also, and most importantly, with colleagues, First, and above all, I thank Arturo Arias, my muso, my critic, my ally, my love, and my infallible encyclopedia. With Arturo, all is possible.I completed much of this research during my years at the University of California, Irvine, and I am thankful for the research support I received ...
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Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2011