This book is about transvestism and the performance of gender in Latin American literature and culture. Ben. Sifuentes-J√°uregui explores the figure of the transvestite and his/her relation to the body through a series of canonical Latin American texts. By analyzing works by Alejo Carpentier, Jos√© Donoso, Severo Sarduy and Manuel Puig (author of Kiss of the Spiderwoma n), alongside critical works in gender studies and queer theory, Sifuentes-J√°uregui shows how transvestism operates not only to destabilize, but often to affirm sexual, gender, national and political identities.
By Ben. Sifuentes-JŠuregui, 2002