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Martinez, Luciano Hernan (2006) REUNIONES FALLIDAS: HOMOSEXUALIDAD Y REVOLUCIÓN (MEXICO, BRASIL Y ARGENTINA, 1976-2004). Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In this dissertation, I study an aspect unexplored in both the field of history and that of literary studies: the relationship between two groups that offered resistance to the authoritarian governments of the seventies, the activists of the revolutionary left, convinced of the necessity of an armed fight, and the homosexuals, committed to the cause of sexual liberation. The novels under consideration propose a series of answers about the failure of a convergence that could never have been: that of homosexuals and the Latin American left, or in broader terms, a meeting of two projects that many thought were analogous: sexual liberation and political revolution, under the assumption that the former would allow the reorganization of social life under new and more inclusive parameters. The issue that guides this dissertation is the different ways in which homosexual subjectivity is reconfigured in order to be accepted as a revolutionary agent, where gender has a fundamental role since femininity can either have a positive and subversive value or else be perceived as a sign of weakness and decadence. The first chapter is a historical and cultural introduction to the Latin American revolutionary left, giving special attention to its views about sexuality. In the second chapter, I consider Manuel Puig's "El beso de la mujer araña", which has a foundational value within the series because it is the first novel to articulate the historical debate between homosexuality and the revolutionary left. I also analyze "La más maravillosa música (una historia de amor peronista)", by Osvaldo Bazán, where the question about a possible alliance between homosexuality and the political left is revisited. In the third chapter, I study a series of texts where the different representations of homosexuality are governed by rigid sexual and gender politics. I include "Nivaldo e Jerônimo" by Darcy Penteado; "El sol de la tarde", by Luis González de Alba; and "Entre la resignación y el paraíso. Desnudos en la alberca", by Hugo Villalobos. The last chapter examines the novel "Stella Manhattan" by Silviano Santiago, to investigate how different homosexual subjectivities complicate and reevaluate the problem outlined by Puig.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Martinez, Luciano Hernanlum34@pitt.eduLUM34
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairChamberlain, Bobby Jchambln@pitt.eduCHAMBLN
Committee MemberClarke, Eric Oeclarke@pitt.eduECLARKE
Committee MemberMartin, Geraldgmmgmm@pitt.eduGMMGMM
Committee MemberHerlinghaus, Hermannhxh@pitt.eduHXH
Date: 29 September 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 26 April 2006
Approval Date: 29 September 2006
Submission Date: 12 May 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: contemporary literature; feminism; gender; guerrilla; masculinism; revolution; homosexuality; latin-american literature
Other ID:, etd-05122006-170935
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:44
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:43


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