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The Avowal of Difference
Queer Latino American Narratives
The Avowal of Difference
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Ben. Sifuentes-Jauregui - Author
SUNY series, Genders in the Global South
Price: $90.00 
Hardcover - 292 pages
Release Date: December 2014
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5425-2

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Paperback - 292 pages
Release Date: July 2015
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5426-9

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Discusses how theories of queer performativity, as articulated within the US Academy, are unable to capture the whole of Latino American queer subjectivity and experience.

The Avowal of Difference explores the potentialities and limitations that queer theory offers in the context of Latino American texts and subjects. Ben. Sifuentes-Jáuregui contrasts Latino American sexual genealogies with the Anglo-European “coming out” narrative—and interrogates the centrality of the “coming out” story as the regulating metaphor for gay, lesbian, or queer identities. In its place, the book looks at other strategies—from silence to circumlocution, from disavowal to indifference—to theorize queer subject formation in a Latino American cultural context. The analysis of texts by José Lezama Lima, Luis Zapata, Manuel Puig, Severo Sarduy, Junot Díaz, and others offers a comparative approach to understanding how queer sexualities are shaped and written in other cultural contexts.

The Avowal of Difference is a delightful critical encounter between queer criticism and Latino American literature and culture. I wish I had written it myself.” — Ramón E. Soto-Crespo, author of Mainland Passage: The Cultural Anomaly of Puerto Rico

Ben. Sifuentes-Jáuregui is Associate Professor of American Studies and Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. He is the author of Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature: Genders Share Flesh.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Written Through a Body

Part 1. Unwriting the Self

1. Modernismo, Masochism and Queer Potential in Nervo’s El bachiller

2. Queer Losses in Barbachano Ponce’s El diario de José Toledo

3. Adonis’s Silence: Textual Queerness in Zapata’s El vampiro de la colonia Roma

Part 2. Interventions

4. Epistemerotics: Puig, Queer Subjects, and Writing Desire

5. La Manuela’s Return: Transvestism/Identifiction/the Abject in Lemebel’s Loco afán

Part 3. The Body Politic

6. Homosexuality, Disavowal, and Pedagogy in Vargas Llosa’s Los cachorros

7. Sadomasochism in Paradiso: Bound Narratives and Pleasure

8. On the Homo-Baroque: Queering Sarduy’s Baroque Genealogies

Part 4. Queer Latina/o Narratives

9. Queer Latinidad: Thomas’s Down These Mean Streets and Díaz’s Drown

10. Traveling North, Translating Queerness: Rivera-Valdés and the Trouble with Discipline

Notes
References
Index


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