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Hispanic (LGT) Masculinities in Transition

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Edited By Rafael M. Mérida-Jiménez

The objective of Hispanic (LGT) Masculinities in Transition is to investigate the cultural representations/intersections of masculinity and sexual minorities (lesbians, gays, and transgenders) in Spain between the passing of the Law of Social Dangerousness and Social Rehabilitation (1970) and the reform of the Penal Code in 1995. In order to meet this aim, this volume analyzes the artistic production of a number of Spanish and Latin American male and female individuals who, first, were able to question the structures of control and domination in Spain in the last years of Franco’s dictatorship; second, were able to open up new horizons of freedom in the context of the criminalization of the previous decades; and, third, were able to bring about new models of masculinity that were more egalitarian during the first years of the new democracy.
More specifically, Hispanic (LGT) Masculinities in Transition will interlink the fields of political and historical change and artistic production in order to assess whether cultural representations can be understood as mere reflections of social and political change. In terms of the materials being examined, these are, in the first instance, literary, although other narratives are also addressed (filmic production and plastic arts). This volume is essential reading for professors and students of contemporary Spanish history and culture, as well as for those interested in lesbian, gay, transgender, and masculinity issues.
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This volume aims to offer a whole of different approaches around the plurality of lesbian, gay, and trans masculinities in Spain during the 1970s and 1980s. The end of the Francoist dictatorship (1975) and the reappearance of the democratic freedom suspended after the Civil War (1936–1939) determined the historical period known as the Transition. Multiple political, social, and sexual tensions characterized that time and turned it into a topic that has been object of study of the interdisciplinary research project entitled “Representaciones culturales de las sexualidades marginadas en España (1970–1995)” [“Cultural Representations of Marginalized Sexualities in Spain (1970–1995)”], FEM 2011-24064, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

It is important to recall, among the publications of this international group of researchers, the seventeenth issue of Lectora: Revista de dones i textualitat, published in 2012—focused on Hispanic literatures and LGTBQ studies—or the contributions to the book Minorías sexuales en España (1970–1995): Textos y representaciones (Barcelona: Icaria, 2013), among many others. As the supervisor of the team, I would deeply thank all its members for their generosity and interest during the last three years. In addition, I must thank José L. Ramos-Rebollo for his invaluable help during the preparation of this volume, which could have never been completed without his unremitting support and dedication.

Rafael M. Mérida-Jiménez

Serra Húnter Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Universitat de Lleida/Centre Dona i Literatura...

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