Queer Transitions in Contemporary Spanish Culture: From Franco to LA MOVIDA

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SUNY Press, 2012 - 273 páginas
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Gema Pérez-Sánchez argues that the process of political and cultural transition from dictatorship to democracy in Spain can be read allegorically as a shift from a dictatorship that followed a self-loathing “homosexual” model to a democracy that identified as a pluralized “queer” body. Focusing on the urban cultural phenomenon of la movida, she offers a sustained analysis of high queer culture, as represented by novels, along with an examination of low queer culture, as represented by comic books and films. Pérez-Sánchez shows that urban queer culture played a defining role in the cultural and political processes that helped to move Spain from a premodern, fascist military dictatorship to a late-capitalist, parliamentary democracy.

The book highlights the contributions of women writers Ana María Moix and Cristina Peri Rossi, as well as comic book artists Ana Juan, Victoria Martos, Ana Miralles, and Asun Balzola. Its attention to women’s cultural production functions as a counterpoint to its analysis of the works of such male writers as Juan Goytisolo and Eduardo Mendicutti, comic book artists Nazario, Rubén, and Luis Pérez Ortiz, and filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.
 

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Índice

1 Francos Spain and the SelfLoathing Homosexual Model
11
Eloquent Silences in Ana María Moixs Julia
35
Eduardo Mendicuttis Una mala noche la tiene cualquiera
61
Citationality in Cristina Peri Rossis La nave de los locos
113
The Cultural Renovations of the 1980s
143
Conclusion
187
Notes
197
Works Cited
223
Index
243
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Gema Pérez-Sánchez is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Miami.

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