Collections > Electronic Theses and Dissertations > Cartografía del Deseo: Transgresiones Sexuales y de Género en la Literatura Latinoamericana Contemporánea (1990-2010)

Dissident erotic behaviors constitute a growing tendency through which Latin American writers fictionalize concerns regarding human sexuality, as well as specific national and neo-liberal anxieties. In this dissertation, I propose a mapping of contemporary Latin American narrative according to transgressive conducts, such as bisexuality, sado-masochism or incest. I study the textual milieu of these so-called "perversions" against the backdrop of medical and psychoanalytic discourses, and within contemporary queer and feminist interpretive frames. Considering the works authors such as Juan García Ponce, Enrique Serna, Mayra Santos-Febres, Oswaldo Reynoso and Jaime Bayly, among others, I examine the body as a seductive realm that constantly defies the constraints of heterosexuality. I situate these arguments within the specific context of Latin America and show that these transgressions constitute a necessary tool for the representation of a prevalent condition of "otherness" and the questioning of "normality," "perversions" and "inversions" in contemporary Latin American societies.