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Product Details

  • Series: Sexual Cultures
  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814775500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814775509
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #800,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A fascinating critical approach to the development of the so-called latinidad, i.e., the identity of Latinos in the US. Unlike that in other ethno-queer studies, Rodríguez's data and primary texts of analysis are not literary works. Instead, this refreshing, funny, and daring book takes the reader through unexplored queer Latino communities.... Highly recommended.”
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“Rodríguez furthers her work . . . with an engaging writing style that is poetic, personal, philosophical and theoretical. . . . This book is highly recommended.”
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“It is rare to find as vital and sassy and smart an essayist as Juana Rodríguez. She takes you through the intersections of culture and theory in ways that compel us to rethink what queer does to Latinidad as much as what Latinidad does to queer. She shows what it means, politically and culturally, to read for the possibility of survival and affirmation. She is careful, attentive, dynamic, disorienting, and exhilarating as she reads political and cultural events, literary and theoretical texts, and the nuances of language use for a complex cultural subject in process. A fabulous read.”
-Judith Butler,Maxine Elliot Professor at the University of California at Berkeley



“Mapping slippery subjects outside of fixed identities, this book is always against closure: Queer Latinidad at its best.”
-José Quiroga,author of Tropics of Desire: Interventions from Queer Latino America

About the Author

Juana María Rodríguez is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tatiana de la tierra on April 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The glistening ripe red papaya on the cover of Queer Latinidad is a suggestive image for a powerful discourse of how identity intersects with sexuality and culture. Focusing on case studies in activism, immigration and cyberspace, Juana María Rodríguez examines queer "latinidad," which is defined beyond geography, language, and history to encompass complexities such as race, legal status and (post)(neo)colonialism. Written from an insider's point of view-the author is a Cuban lesbian activist scholar-this book is full of references to Latin@ lesbian and gay organizations, events, icons, artists, activists, and political issues. While this is in itself significant, Rodríguez furthers her work by giving serious consideration to real-life spaces such as bars and courtrooms and real-life documents such as e-mail messages, flyers, and retablos. She does this with an engaging writing style that is poetic, personal, philosophical and theoretical. Well-documented, the book includes informative notes, an extensive bibliography, and an exceptional index that even has listings for yuca, dildos, and La Lupe. While the central text is written in English, the book includes many passages in Spanish that are immediately followed by the English translation. A valuable contribution to scholarship in cultural studies, queer studies, women's studies, and Latin@ studies, this book is highly recommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on February 26, 2003
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Professor Rodriguez is trying to answer what phenomena constitute "queer Latinidad" and what do these phenomena signify. Therefore, she analyzes the HIV prevention organizatoin Proyecto Contra SIDA in San Francisco, the political asylum case of gay Brazilian Marcelo Tenorio, and LGBT Latin@ chatrooms. She describes these phenomena as "subjects in process" in order to avoid the traps of essentialism and identity politics but to promote the transgressive and postmodern qualities of the aforementioned events.
Rodriguez makes her knowledge about Latin American history and politics obvious. This book equally mentions Latin@s in the US and Latin Americans outside of it. By mentioning a Brazilian asylee, her Spanish internet lover, the independence debates on Puerto Rico, and Chicano clubs in the Bay Area, Rodriguez proves her commitment to pan-Latinidad. In many books that address racial and sexual minorities, only one gender is featured. Manrique's "Besame Mucho" or Moraga's "This Bridge Called My Back" are examples of that. Rodriguez, however, brings up people of all genders (and there are more than two) here. Further, this book mentions gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and the transgendered equally. Thus, I understand her use of the controversial term "queer." The author is just pretty darn inclusive.
Given the three phenomena she analyzes, the reader can easily tell that Rodriguez is trying to expand the perameters of what is considered cultural studies. She cites critical race legal theory which is surprising because critical legal theorists usually already borrow so many ideas from traditionally-trained academics, like herself, outside of the law. The book is short in page length, yet it still takes quite a while to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Olmos on March 21, 2006
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For those interested in the politics of culture and identity this book is a must read. It is one of the most instructive examples of postmodern scholarship that interrogate racialized sexuality in various spatial contexts and discursive regimes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cosmologist jisungah on August 25, 2012
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This book is really inspring and fun to read. She expects the reader to be more--be transformative, disturb the normative. She sets the example by taking a lot of risks as an intellectual who believes unconditionally in the powers of (re)reading and (re)writing. I love to read this book while working on my dissertation! I'm a Korean American mama, and this book helps me think through non-queer non-latinidad material. Every other page, there's a hysterical joke. Too funny--everyone knows only a real genius can pull off comedy.
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