Argentine Intimacies

Argentine Intimacies : Queer Kinship in an Age of Splendor, 1890 1910

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As Argentina rose to political and economic prominence at the turn of the twentieth century, debates about the family, as an ideological structure and set of lived relationships, took center stage in efforts to shape the modern nation. In Argentine Intimacies, Joseph M. Pierce draws on queer studies, Latin American studies, and literary and cultural studies to consider the significance of one family in particular during this period of intense social change: Carlos, Julia, Delfina, and Alejandro Bunge. One of Argentina's foremost intellectual and elite families, the Bunges have had a profound impact on Argentina's national culture and on Latin American understandings of education, race, gender, and sexual norms. They also left behind a vast archive of fiction, essays, scientific treatises, economic programs, and pedagogical texts, as well as diaries, memoirs, and photography. Argentine Intimacies explores the breadth of their writing to reflect on the intersections of intimacy, desire, and nationalism, and to expand our conception of queer kinship. Approaching kinship as an interface of relational dispositions, Pierce reveals the queerness at the heart of the modern family. Queerness emerges not as an alternative to traditional values so much as a defining feature of the state project of modernization.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 227g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 22
  • 1438476825
  • 9781438476827

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"Argentine Intimacies is a fine contribution to Argentine studies, to fin-de-siècle studies and to queer studies when understood in a far larger sense than solely lesbigay liberation." - Bulletin of Spanish Studies

"Argentine Intimacies provides a valuable intervention in the fields of cultural studies, Latin American studies, LGBT/queer studies, literary studies, and photography studies. Pierce conducted extensive archival research on the historically significant Bunge family in Argentina and offers lucid, theoretically informed, and original readings of their lives and cultural productions." - Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, University of Michigan
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About Joseph M. Pierce

Joseph M. Pierce is Associate Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University, State University of New York.
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