Despite All Adversities

Spanish-American Queer Cinema

Edited by Andrés Lema-Hincapié & Debra A. Castillo

Subjects: Latin American Studies, Film Studies, Queer Studies, Lesbian / Gay Studies
Series: SUNY series, Genders in the Global South
Paperback : 9781438459103, 320 pages, July 2016
Hardcover : 9781438459110, 320 pages, December 2015

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Table of contents

Andrés Lema-Hincapié and Debra A. Castillo

Part I. Queer Subjectivity, Desire, and Eroticism

1. Queer Couples in Señora de Nadie (María Luisa Bemberg, 1982)
David William Foster

2. Fresa y chocolate: The Allure of Passions and Controversies (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío, 1993)
Cristina Venegas

3. A Gaynster Quasi-Tragedy: Eroticism and Secrets in Plata quemada (Marcelo Piñeyro, 2000)
Andrès Lema-Hincapié

4. Pathology, Poetry and Pleasure: HIV/AIDS, Confessional Writing and S/M in Un año sin amor (Anahí Berneri, 2005)
Robert Deam Tobin

Part II. Gay Authorship—Queer Agency and Spectatorship

5. La venganza del sexo: The Curious Mutation from Horror Fantasy into Sexploitation Film (Emilio Vieyra, 1967)
Esteve Riambau

6. Inside-Out: A Socio-Spatial Reading of Mecánicas celestes (Fina Torres, 1995)
Cecelia Burke Lawless

7. La Virgen de los Sicarios: From Novel to Film (Barbet Schroeder, 2000)
Óscar Osorio

8. A Case Study in Transnational Gay Auteurism: Mil nubes de paz cercan el cielo (Julián Hernández, 2004)
Paul Julian Smith

9. Haunted: XXY (Lucía Puenzo, 2007)
Debra A. Castillo

Part III. Bisexuality Experiences and Lesbian Identities

10. Excluded Middle? Bisexuality in Doña Herlinda y su hijo (Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, 1985)
Daniel Balderston

11. The Construction of the Bisexual Subject in No se lo digas a nadie (Francisco Lombardi, 1998)
Alfredo J. Sosa-Velasco

12. Lesbians Made in Mexico: Sexual Diversity and Transnational Fluxes
María de la Cruz Castro Ricalde

Part IV. Queer Relations with Families, Government, and Nation

13. Clothes Make the Man: Closet, Cabaret, Cinema in El lugar sin límites (Arturo Ripstein, 1978)
Claudia Schaefer

14. Families, Landowners, Servants, and Siblings in La ciénaga (Lucrecia Martel, 2001)
David Oubiña

15. Mapping Guilt, Betrayal, and Redemption: En la ciudad sin límites (Antonio Hernández, 2002)
Chris Perriam

16. Ronda nocturna: A Homage to Buenos Aires (Edgardo Cozarinsky, 2005)
Dieter Ingenschay

Index of Terms
Index of Names
Index of Concepts

Provides sophisticated theoretical approaches to Latin American cinema and sexual culture.


2016 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Despite All Adversities examines a representative selection of notable queer films by Spanish America's most important directors since the 1950s. Each chapter focuses on a single film and offers rich and thoughtful new interpretations by a prominent scholar. The book explores films from across the region, including Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's and Juan Carlos Tabío's Fresa y chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate, 1993), Marcelo Piñeyro's Plata quemada (Burnt Money, 2000), Barbet Schroeder's La Virgen de los Sicarios (Our Lady of the Assassins, 2000), Lucía Puenzo's XXY (XXY, 2007), Francisco J. Lombardi's No se lo digas a nadie (Don't Tell Anyone, 1998), Arturo Ripstein's El lugar sin límites (Hell Without Limits, 1978), among others. A survey of recent lesbian-themed Mexican films is also included.

Andrés Lema-Hincapié is Associate Professor of Ibero-American Literatures and Cultures at the University of Colorado Denver. He is the coeditor (with Conxita Domènech) of Pedro Calderón de la Barca's La vida es sueño: Philosophical Crossroads, and the assistant editor of Burning Darkness: A Half Century of Spanish Cinema (edited by Joan Ramon Resina), also published by SUNY Press. Debra A. Castillo is Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Emerson Hinchliff Professor of Hispanic Studies, and Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University. Her many books include Redreaming America: Toward a Bilingual American Culture, also published by SUNY Press.


"…a handsome volume of essays by some of the most well-respected experts in the discipline." — Hispania

"This book is an exciting, thought-provoking introduction to LGBTQ films from Latin America … Highly recommended." — CHOICE