Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature: Genders Share Flesh
This book is the first of its kind—a comprehensive account of transvestism and the performance of gender in Latin American literature and culture. Ben. Sifuentes-Jaureguí explores the figure of the transvestite and his/her relation to the body through a series of canonical Latin American texts. By analyzing works by Alejo Carpentier, José Donoso, Severo Sarduy, and Manuel...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 23rd 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan
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To an extent I'm envious of Ben. Sifuentes-Jáuregui: Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature is exactly the kind of book every graduate student of literature wants to write. It's literary but accessible. It's simultaneously a continuation of and departure from influential previous work that has been done in related areas. And it's endlessly quotable. "Transvestism", he says, "is an act that penetrates and tampers with those who witness it. . . . [it] is about the raw touching, g...more