Being for another: Havana Red, Strawberry and Chocolate and the rhetoric of homosexual metaphor

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This essay explores the metaphoric use of the homosexual image in two Cuban works: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's Strawberry and Chocolate (1993), and Leonardo Padura Fuentes' Havana Red (1994). The homosexual metaphor criticizes the political abuses perpetrated upon any political dissident while debunking some myths about homosexuality and Cuban sexual politics. This metaphor functions as a means of translation to queer identities. It trans-locates the outward homosexual identity from the imaginary collective towards an intermediate space where an inward identification could also be grasped. The metaphor is the intermediate space in which homosexuals become visible as homo politicus. As a result, the homosexual identity is publicly visualized by means of the metaphor and it leads the recognition of the homosexual to a new stage.

Translated title of the contributionBeing for another: Havana Red, Strawberry and Chocolate and the rhetoric of homosexual metaphor
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)811-828
Number of pages18
JournalBulletin of Hispanic Studies
Volume88
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Ser para otro : Máscaras, fresa y chocolate y la retórica de la metáfora homosexual. / Cuya Gavilano, Lorena.

In: Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Vol. 88, No. 7, 01.01.2011, p. 811-828.

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