Tropics of Desire: Interventions from Queer Latino America (Sexual Cultures Book 12) Kindle Edition
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From its sweaty beats to the pulsating music on the streets, Latin/o America is perceived in the United States as the land of heat, the toy store for Western sex. It is the territory of magical fantasy and of revolutionary threat, where topography is the travel guide of desire, directing imperial voyeurs to the exhibition of the flesh.
Jose Quiroga flips the stereotype upside down: he shows how Latin/o American lesbians and gay men have consistently eschewed notions of sexual identity for a politics of intervention. In Tropics of Desire, Quiroga reads hesitant Mexican poets as sex-positive voices, he questions how outing and identity politics can fall prey to the manipulations of the state, and explores how invisibility has been used as a tactical tool in opposition to the universal imperative to come out.
Drawing on diverse cultural examples such as the performance of bolero and salsa, film, literature, and correspondence, and influenced by masters like Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin and a rich tradition of Latin American stylists, Quiroga argues for a politics that denies biological determinism and cannibalizes cultural stereotypes for the sake of political action.
"A brilliant and provocative book, admirably observant of historical detail and subtly attentive to cultural nuance. Quiroga shies away from easy generalizations and painstakingly, lovingly, reflects on a variety of Latin American and Latino queer manifestations, from literature to performance. This luminous critical exercise is matched by the author's no less dazzling prose. This book not only furthers queer studies in Latin America, it is, in itself, a beautiful performance that should not be missed." -- Sylvia Molloy,Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities, New York University
"I've been waiting for this book, savoring its previews. Reading Quiroga's agile and powerful prose is itself one of the adventures offered here. His balancing act between deadly serious issues of identity and control and the fun and pride of maneuvering accentuates these spectacular accounts of lesbian and gay creativity in the dense social contexts of Latino lives." -- Doris Sommer,Professor of Latin American Literature, Harvard University
"A vivid analysis of how many Latin Americans have crafted alternative modes of understanding sexuality." ― Hispanic American Historical Review --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B004DUMMX6
- Publisher : NYU Press (November 1, 2000)
- Publication date : November 1, 2000
- Language : English
- File size : 3493 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Print length : 425 pages
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