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De Los Otros: Histories of Homosexuality in Spanish America

Questions

1. Does homosexuality offer an escape from the labyrinth, or do gay identities work within prevailing gender norms?

2. 2. Account for the treatment of gay men in post-revolutionary Cuba.


Readings

Question 1

Buffington, Rob, ‘Los Jotos: Contested Visions of Homosexuality in Modern Mexico’, in Sex and Sexuality in Latin America, eds. Daniel Balderston and Donna Guy, New York University Press (New York and London, 1997).

Carrier, Joseph, De los Otros: Intimacy and Homosexuality among Mexican Men, Columbia University Press (New York, 1995).

Carrillo, ‘Neither Machos nor Maricones: Masculinity and Emerging Male Homosexual Identities in Mexico’, in Changing Men and Masculinities in Latin America, ed. Matthew Guttman, Duke University Press (Durham, 2003).

Irwin, Robert McKee, Mexican Masculinities, University of Minnesota Press (Minneapolis and London, 2003).

Murray, Stephen, ‘Machismo, Male Homosexuality and Latino Culture’, in Latin American Male Homosexualities, ed. Stephen Murray, University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, 1995).

Prieur, Annick, ‘Domination and Desire: Male Homosexuality and the Construction of Masculinity in Mexico’, in Machos, Mistresses, Madonnas: Contesting the Power of Latin American Gender Imagery, eds. Marit Melhuus and Kirsti Anne Stølen, Verso (London and New York, 1996).

Sigal, Pete, Infamous Desire. Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America, University of Chicago Press (Chicago and London, 2003).

Question 2

Argüelles, Lourdes and Ruby Rich, B., ‘Homosexuality, Homophobia, and Revolution: Notes toward an Understanding of the Cuban Lesbian and Gay Male Experience, Part I’, Signs, 9 (1984), pp. 683-699.
Argüelles, Lourdes and Ruby Rich, B., ‘Homosexuality, Homophobia, and Revolution: Notes toward an Understanding of the Cuban Lesbian and Gay Male Experience, Part II’, Signs, 11 (1985), pp. 120-136.
Castro, Fidel, ‘Whoever stops to wait for ideas to triumph among the majority of the masses before initiating revolutionary action will never be a revolutionary’, and ‘The Duty of a Revolutionary is to Make a Revolution: The Second Declaration of Havana’, in M. Kenner and J. Petras (eds), Fidel Castro Speaks (New York, 1970).

Hamilton, Carrie, Sexual Revolutions in Cuba: Passion, Politics and Memory (CHapel Hill, 2012).

Hess, John, 'Strawberry and Chocolate, Melodrama, Sez and the Cuban Revolution', Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media 41 (1997).

Lancaster, Roger N., ‘Comment on Arguelles and Rich’s “Homosexuality, Homophobia, and Revolution: Notes toward an Understanding of the Cuban Lesbian and Gay Male Experience, Part II”’, Signs, 12 (1986), pp. 188-192.
Leiner, Martin, Sexual Power Politics in Cuba: Machismo, Homosexuality and Aids, Westview Press (Boulder, 1994).
Lumsden, Ian, Machos, Maricones and Gays: Cuba and Homosexuality, Temple University Press (Philadelphia, 1996).
Padula, Alfred, ‘Gender, Sexuality, and Revolution in Cuba’, Latin American Research Review, 31 (1996), pp. 226-235.
Quiroga, José, ‘Fleshing Out Virgilio Piñera from the Cuban Closet’, in E. L. Bergmann and P. J. Smith (eds) Entiendes?: Queer Readings, Hispanic Writings, Duke University Press (Durham and London, 1995), pp. 168-181.
Quiroga, José, ‘Homosexualities in the Tropic of Revolution’, in Sex and Sexuality in Latin America, eds. Daniel Balderston and Donna Guy, New York University Press (New York and London, 1997).
Stout, Noelle, ‘Feminists, Queers and Critics: Debating the Cuban Sex Trade’, Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 40 (2008).
Young, Allen, Gays under the Cuban Revolution, Grey Fox Press (San Francisco, 1981).