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Tropics of Desire: Interventions from Queer Latino America

by Jose Quiroga - £19.99  New York University Press (2000)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780814769539 | ISBN 10: 0814769535

From its sweaty beats to the pulsating music on the streets, Latin/o America is perceived in the United States as the land of heat, the toy store for Western sex.
 
Drawing on diverse cultural examples such as the performance of bolero and salsa, film, literature, and correspondence, Jose Quiroga flips this stereotype upside down. He shows how Latin/o American lesbians and gay men have consistently eschewed notions of sexual identity for a politics of intervention.
 
In Tropics of Desire, Quiroga reads "closeted" Mexican poets as sex-positive voices, he quetions how outing and identity politics can fall prey to the manipulations of the state, and explores how invisibility has been used as a tactical tool in opposition to the universal imperative to come out.

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