The Avowal of Difference

The Avowal of Difference : Queer Latino American Narratives

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 227g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 1438454260
  • 9781438454269

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...although the book is academically rigorous the writing is clear and the whole is vivid and thought provoking. -- James Morgan Brown Review

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
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About Ben. Sifuentes-Jauregui

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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