Bodies and Biases: Sexualities in Hispanic Cultures and by David William Foster, Roberto Reis

By David William Foster, Roberto Reis

Taking a look at quite a lot of cultural practices and artifacts, together with tv, renowned track, and pornography, our bodies and Biases addresses representations of sexual habit and collective identification, homosexuality, and ideologies of gender in historic and modern Hispanic tradition. issues contain cross-dressing at the seventeenth-century Spanish level, homosexual existence in Cuba and Mexico, a butch-femme studying of Peri-Rossi's Solitario de amor, pornography, and queer and lesbian areas. a few essays supply radical rereadings of canonical textual content comparable to Don Quixote and Martin Fierro; others carry to the fore lesser-known works, equivalent to Marco Denevi's Rosaura a las diez and the writings of Virgilio Pinera. Reflecting a variety of sociological, literary, and mental theoretical underpinnings, our bodies and Biases is an interesting research of sexuality within the context of Hispanic literature and tradition.

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12. the example of Anaxarete should make you cowardly and fearful. 13. Lady, for the love of God, do not now draw down upon yourself the arrows of vengeful Nemesis. 14. And the slavemaster compelled the galley slave to exhaust his strength. 15. I'm here because I fooled too much with a couple of the daughters of my sisters, and also with a couple of sisters who were no sisters of mine. It came to the point where I'd fooled around so much with all of them that blood relations got so complicated that not even a devil could have straightened them out.

The secret of the power and endurance of the sadomasochistic system lies in its ability to provide the manipulator of it with gratification through reversal. The complaisant victim sees herself or himself, potentially, in the overlord. Dorotea, de facto overseer of her father's estates and clandestine reader of the romances of chivalry, is a woman of dominant and calculating mind. She triumphs over Fernando by submitting to him, twice. In the light of this power play, the union of Luscinda with Cardenio seems pale.

Nor is Don Quijote able to leave the matter without rehearsing Cervantes's familiar dicta, so well exemplified in El licenciado Vidriera and in Persiles, as to the inefficacy of love potions, "siendo... 24 Just such a presumed impossibility is of course the enterprise of the Cancion quinta. In Chapter XXII Cervantes restructures a poetic undertaking bipolarized on the lines of por fuerza as against de grado in terms of a man who conducts his sex business as both a consensual and a com- THE SEXUAL ECONOMY OF MIGUEL DE CERVANTES + 9 pulsory commerce.

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