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Latin American writers on gay and lesbian themes : a bio-critical sourcebook /
edited [and compiled] by David William Foster ; Emmanuel S. Nelson, advisory editor.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.
description
xxxvi, 495 p.
ISBN
0313284792 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.
isbn
0313284792 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
771517
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1995-04:
An explosion of reference works in gay and lesbian literary studies has occurred in recent years, most notably with the publication of Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States, ed. by Sandra Pollack and Denise Knight (CH, Mar'94), and Gay & Lesbian Literature, ed. by Sharon Malinowski (CH, Sep'94). Foster's invaluable volume serves to expand this field of analysis into the literature of Latin America, defined as including such Chicano/a writers of the US as Gloria Anzaldua, Achy Obejas, Cherrie Moraga, and John Rechy. Foster has included 130 authors who are openly gay or lesbian, have written on homosexual themes (either positively or negatively), or have produced "works in which something like a gay sensibility can be identified." Contributors range from faculty of languages and literatures in the US, Argentina, and Peru to librarians and poet El'ias M~u~noz. A prefatory essay explores gender constructions and representations in Latin America, homosexuality in Latin culture, gay and lesbian as political categories, and problems of analyzing for homoerotic content. Individual entries provide biographical data with an evaluation and bibliography of major works and criticism. Indexed by author, title, and subject. Essential for all public, academic, and research libraries. R. B. M. Ridinger; Northern Illinois University
Reviews
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'œ...a particularly valuable contribution to understanding Latin American lesbian writers. Multiplies exponentially the possibilities for lesbian research within Latin American sector of the Americas.'' The Lesbian Review of Books
"...a particularly valuable contribution to understanding Latin American lesbian writers. Multiplies exponentially the possibilities for lesbian research within Latin American sector of the Americas."- The Lesbian Review of Books
'œ...David William Foster, through his editorship of this book, has provided for scholars and others interested persons a valuable resource for the study of the subject of homosexuality in Latin American Literature....this sourcebook was very well conceived and executed.The selection of Latin American authors treated and the approach used in each case have been broadly defined and this general framework has greatly contributed to the interest and usefulness of this book....Certainly the lists of works and pertinant literary criticism found at the end of each entry will be very useful for some students ans scholars....represents a major contribution to the study of the subject of homosexualityin Latin American literature. It offers scholars in the field and other interested persons a wealth of information on a large number of individual writers...I am very pleased to observe that considerable progress in the general field has been accomplished through the creation of this volume..'' Journal Of Latin American Literature
"...David William Foster, through his editorship of this book, has provided for scholars and others interested persons a valuable resource for the study of the subject of homosexuality in Latin American Literature....this sourcebook was very well conceived and executed.The selection of Latin American authors treated and the approach used in each case have been broadly defined and this general framework has greatly contributed to the interest and usefulness of this book....Certainly the lists of works and pertinant literary criticism found at the end of each entry will be very useful for some students ans scholars....represents a major contribution to the study of the subject of homosexualityin Latin American literature. It offers scholars in the field and other interested persons a wealth of information on a large number of individual writers...I am very pleased to observe that considerable progress in the general field has been accomplished through the creation of this volume.."- Journal Of Latin American Literature
'œFoster's invaluable volume serves to expand this field of analysis into the literature of Latin America. Foster has included 130 authors who are openly gay and lesbian, have written on homosexual themes, or have produced "works in which something like a gay sensibility can be identified." Essential for all public, academic, and research libraries.'' Choice
"Foster's invaluable volume serves to expand this field of analysis into the literature of Latin America. Foster has included 130 authors who are openly gay and lesbian, have written on homosexual themes, or have produced "works in which something like a gay sensibility can be identified." Essential for all public, academic, and research libraries."- Choice
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Summaries
Long Description
Gay and lesbian themes in Latin American literature have been largely ignored. This reference fills this gap by providing more than a hundred alphabetically arranged entries for Latin American authors who have treated gay or lesbian material in their works. Each entry explores the significance of gay and lesbian themes in a particular author's writings and closes with a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. The figures included have a professed gay identity, or have written on gay or lesbian themes in either a positive or negative way, or have authored works in which a gay sensibility can be identified. The volume pays particular attention to the difficulty of ascribing North American critical perspectives to Latin American authors, and studies these authors within the larger context of Latin American culture. The book includes entries for men and women, and for authors from Latin American countries as well as Latino writers from the United States. The entries are written by roughly 60 expert contributors from Latin America, the U.S., and Europe.
Unpaid Annotation
Homoerotic themes and undercurrents in Latin American literary works have been largely ignored. This reference explores the importance of gay and lesbian themes in Latin American literature by providing entries for more than a hundred authors. Each entry assesses and analyzes homoerotic elements in the work of a particular author and closes with a bibliography of primary and secondary material. Entries are arranged alphabetically for ease of use.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction
The Sourcebook
Bibliography
Index
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