Infamous Desire : Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America

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Infamous Desire : Male Homosexuality in Colonial Latin America

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 240 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780226757025
  • DDC分類 306.7662098

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What did it mean to be a man in colonial Latin America? More specifically, what did indigenous and Iberian groups think of men who had sexual relations with other men? Providing comprehensive analyses of how male homosexualities were represented in areas under both Portuguese and Spanish control, "Infamous Desire" is the first book-length attempt to answer such questions. Each of the contributors connects male homosexual behaviour to broader gender systems - both indigenous and European - that defined masculinity and femininity, and relate sodomy to concepts of desire and power. But they sometimes draw very different conclusions. For instance, based on his study of the "berdache" (indigenous cross-dressers), Richard Trexler argues that homosexuality as we know it today did not exist in colonial Latin America, while Luiz Mott uses Inquisition documents to reveal a community of sodomites whom he believes shared a homosexual identity rooted in their common oppression. "Infamous Desire" should be valuable for anyone studying sexuality, gender or power relations in colonial Latin America.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Homo)Sexual Desire and Masculine     1  (24)
Power in Colonial Latin America: Notes toward
an Integrated Analysis
Pete Sigal
Toward an Andean Theory of Ritual Same-Sex 25 (45)
Sexuality and Third-Gender Subjectivity
Michael J. Horswell
Gender Subordination and Political 70 (32)
Hierarchy in Pre-Hispanic America
Richard C. Trexler
Gendered Power, the Hybrid Self, and 102(32)
Homosexual Desire in Late Colonial Yucatan
Pete Sigal
Political ``Abomination'' and Private 134(18)
Reservation: The Nefarious Sin,
Homosexuality, and Cultural Values in
Colonial Peru
Ward Stavig
Tales of Two Carmelites: Inquisitorial 152(16)
Narratives from Portugal and Brazil
David Higgs
Crypto-Sodomites in Colonial Brazil 168(29)
Luiz Mott
Salima Popat
The Ashes of Desire: Homosexuality in 197(18)
Mid-Seventeenth-Century New Spain
Serge Gruzinski
Ignacio Lopez-Calvo
List of Contributors 215(2)
Index 217