Queer issues in contemporary Latin American Cinema

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Abstract

Viewing contemporary Latin American films through the lens of queer studies reveals that many filmmakers are exploring issues of gender identity and sexual difference, as well as the homophobia that attempts to defeat any challenge to the heterosexual norms of patriarchal culture. In this study of queer issues in Latin American cinema, David William Foster offers highly perceptive queer readings of fourteen key films to demonstrate how these cultural products promote the principles of an antiheterosexist stance while they simultaneously disclose how homophobia enforces the norms of heterosexuality. Foster examines each film in terms of the ideology of its narrative discourse, whether homoerotic desire or a critique of patriarchal heterosexism and its implications for Latin American social life and human rights. His analyses underscore the difficulties involved in constructing a coherent and convincing treatment of the complex issues involved in critiquing the patriarchy from perspectives associated with queer studies. The book will be essential reading for everyone working in queer studies and film studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
Number of pages186
ISBN (Print)0292705360, 9780292705364
StatePublished - 2003

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American Cinema
Queerness
Queer Studies
Homophobia
Gender Identity
Stance
Homoerotic
Defeat
Patriarchy
Narrative Discourse
Filmmaker
Sexual Differences
Social Life
David Williams
American Film
Heterosexuality
Film Studies
Ideology
Human Rights

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Queer issues in contemporary Latin American Cinema. / Foster, David.

University of Texas Press, 2003. 186 p.

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Foster D. Queer issues in contemporary Latin American Cinema. University of Texas Press, 2003. 186 p.
Foster, David. / Queer issues in contemporary Latin American Cinema. University of Texas Press, 2003. 186 p.
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