Between Camp and Cursi

Novo describes his morning routine, which includes a meticulous toilette during which he sings arias from La Bohème: Chi son? Sono un poeta—che cosa facio—scrivo—e come vivo— VIVO—, y al pronunciar este vivo, encogía los hombres y ...

Between Camp and Cursi

Examines how contemporary Mexican literature uses humor to contest heteronormativity. Between Camp and Cursi examines the role of humor in portrayals of homosexuality in contemporary Mexican literature. Brandon P. Bisbey argues that humor based on camp and cursilería—a form of "bad taste" that expresses a sense of social marginalization—is used to represent key social conflicts and contradictions of modernity in Mexico. Combining perspectives from queer theory, humor theory, and Latin American cultural studies, Bisbey looks at a corpus of canonical and lesser-known texts that treat a range of topics relevant to contemporary discussions of gender, sexuality, race, and human rights in Mexico—including sex work, transvestitism, bisexuality, same-sex marriage, racism, classism, and homophobic and transphobic violence. Emphasizing the subversive possibilities of the comic, Between Camp and Cursi considers how this body of twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature has challenged heteronormativity in Mexico and wrestled more broadly with both the colonial underpinnings of modernity and hegemonic Western gender norms. Brandon P. Bisbey is Associate Professor of Spanish and Coordinator of Latina/o and Latin American Studies at Northeastern Illinois University.

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Between Camp and Cursi
Language: en
Pages: 229
Authors: Brandon P. Bisbey
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-01-01 - Publisher: SUNY Press

Examines how contemporary Mexican literature uses humor to contest heteronormativity. Between Camp and Cursi examines the role of humor in portrayals of homosexuality in contemporary Mexican literature. Brandon P. Bisbey argues that humor based on camp and cursilería—a form of "bad taste" that expresses a sense of social marginalization—is used
The Culture of Cursilería
Language: en
Pages: 422
Authors: Noël Valis
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002-12-26 - Publisher: Duke University Press

Not easily translated, the Spanish terms cursi and cursilería refer to a cultural phenomenon widely prevalent in Spanish society since the nineteenth century. Like "kitsch," cursi evokes the idea of bad taste, but it also suggests one who has pretensions of refinement and elegance without possessing them. In The Culture
The Politics of Taste
Language: en
Pages: 328
Authors: Ana María Reyes
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-11-15 - Publisher: Duke University Press

In The Politics of Taste Ana María Reyes examines the works of Colombian artist Beatriz González and Argentine-born art critic, Marta Traba, who championed González's art during Colombia's National Front coalition government (1958–74). During this critical period in Latin American art, artistic practice, art criticism, and institutional objectives came into
Crossing Through Chueca
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Jill Robbins
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011 - Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

An exploration of queer Madrid's physical and symbolic literary culture.
Negotiating Sainthood
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Kathy Bacon
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-12-02 - Publisher: Routledge

"This study demonstrates the previously unrecognised significance of discourses of saintliness for constructions of gender and national identity in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Spanish culture.a Kathy Bacons innovative approach to sainthood leads to fresh readings of texts by Spains three principal realist novelists: La familia de Leon Roch and Nazarin (Benito