Latina and Latin American lesbian culture made visible
Hispanic and U.S. Latina Lesbian Expression
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edited by Lourdes Torres and Inmaculada Perpetusa-Seva
The first anthology to focus exclusively on queer readings of Spanish, Latin American, and US Latina lesbian literature and culture, Tortilleras interrogates issues of gender, national identity, race, ethnicity, and class to show the impossibility of projecting a singular Hispanic or Latina Lesbian. Examining carefully the works of a range of lesbian writers and performance artists, including Carmelita Tropicana and Christina Peri Rossi, among others, the contributors create a picture of the complicated and multi-textured contributions of Latina and Hispanic lesbians to literature and culture. More than simply describing this sphere of creativity, the contributors also recover from history the long, veiled existence of this world, exposing its roots, its impact on lesbian culture, and, making the power of lesbian performance and literature visible.
"Tortilleras is a landmark collection. It fosters a necessary and meaningful dialogue between feminist scholars in U.S. Latina and Latin American studies grappling with questions of lesbian representation in literary and visual culture. Torres and Pertusa have compiled a timely volume that richly complicates previous debates and energetically maps new directions for the future. This most vital book shows how studies in gender and sexuality must lie at the heart of our work."
"This anthology pushes us to think beyond the margins of repression in fiction and nonfiction queer literature and culture and art and film. Once you look through Tortilleras, you'll be compelled to look for the work these scholars are reviewing and see if your examination compares....[it] is the first anthology of its kind to open a vein and say, 'Here,' to our LGBT community, scholars, and students."
"...groundbreaking...pioneering in many ways...challenges patterns of marginalization, offering a fascinating, critical approach to the obscured and vital reality of Latina lesbian identity, agency, difference and otherness."
"The most striking feature of this anthology is the vast terrain it traverses; ... Tortilleras establishes valuable new frames for study in this field."
"[The book] is an important and innovative addition to this corpus... [it] will no doubt provoke new conversations and new research in a number of fields."
Part I: coming Out/Covering Up
Part II: (Re)presenting Lesbian Desire
Part III: Sites of Resistance
Part IV: Racialized Lesbianisms
About the Contributors
Lourdes Torres is Associate Professor of Latin American/Latino studies at De Paul University.
Inmaculada Perpetusa-Seva is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Kentucky.
Contributors: María Claudia André, Janis Breckenridge, Regina M. Buccola, Karina Lisette Cespedes, Sara E. Cooper, Catrióna Rueda Esquibel, Salvador C. Fernández, Elisa A. Garza; Wilfredo Hernández, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Gema Pérez-Sánchez, Christina Sharpe, Sherry Velasco, Nancy Vosburg, and the editors.