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Lusosex

Gender and Sexuality in the Portuguese-Speaking World

Some of the most compelling theoretical debates in the humanities today center on representations of sexuality. This volume is the first to focus on the topic—in particular, the connections between nationhood, sex, and gender—in the lusophone, or Portuguese-speaking, world. Written by prominent scholars in Brazilian, Portuguese, and Lusophone African literary and cultural studies, the essays range across multiple discourses and cultural expressions, historical periods and theoretical approaches to offer a uniquely comprehensive perspective on the issues of sex and sexuality in the literature and culture of the Portuguese-speaking world that extends from Portugal to Brazil to Angola, Cape Verde, and Mozambique.Through the critical lenses of gay and lesbian studies, queer theory, postcolonial studies, feminist theory, and postmodern theory, the authors consider the work of such influential literary figures as Clarice Lispector and Silviano Santiago. An important aspect of the volume is the publication of a newly discovered—and explicitly homoerotic—poem by Fernando Pessoa, published here for the first time in the original Portuguese and in English translation. Chapters take up questions of queer performativity and activism, female subjectivity and erotic desire, the sexual customs of indigenous versus European Brazilians, and the impact of popular music (as represented by Caetano Veloso and others) on interpretations of gender and sexuality. Challenging static notions of sexualities within the Portuguese-speaking world, these essays expand our understanding of the multiplicity of differences and marginalized subjectivities that fall under the intersections of sexuality, gender, and race.Contributors: Severino João Albuquerque, Jossianna Arroyo, César Braga-Pinto, Ana Paula Ferreira, John Gledson, Russell G. Hamilton, André Torres Lepecki, Mário César Lugarinho, Phyllis Peres, Ronald W. Sousa, João Silvério Trevisan, Richard Zenith.
University of Minnesota Press; November 2002
356 pages; ISBN 9780816693528
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