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Hispanic (LGT) Masculinities in Transition


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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Juan Vicente Aliaga is Associate Professor of Art Theory at the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain). He has published, among other books, Bajo vientre. Representaciones de la sexualidad en la cultura y el arte contemporáneos (1997), Arte y cuestiones de género (2004) and Orden fálico. Androcentrismo y violencia de género en las prácticas artísticas del siglo XX (2007). He has been curator of many exhibitions: Genealogías feministas en el arte español: 1960–2010 (MUSAC, León, 2012), Claude Cahun (Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2011), En todas partes. Políticas de la diversidad sexual en el arte (CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, 2009), Valie Export (Camden Arts Centre, London, 2004), and Pepe Espaliú (Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, 2003).

Kerman Calvo is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain). Previously, he has worked at the Centro de Estudios Políticos Constitucionales (Madrid), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and Universidad Carlos III (Madrid), as well as in the “Human Rights Centre” at the University of Essex. He has co-edited an special issue of Sexualities devoted to Spain (2011), and is the author of Pursuing Membership in the Polity: The Spanish Gay and Lesbian Movement in Comparative Perspective (1970–1997) (2005).

Richard Cleminson is Reader in the History of Sexuality (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies) and Deputy Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). His books include Anarchism, Science...

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