Historical Constructions, Sexual Memories 公开

Edwards, Matthew James (2009)

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Abstract: Historical Constructions, Sexual Memories, by Matthew Edwards

Historical Constructions, Sexual Memories examines how Latin American marginal
and minority subjects defy chronological and temporal order in their artistic works in order
to create alternative ways of engaging the past, which creates new ways of looking at
culture and society.

In the first chapter, "Hearing Silent Voices: Manuel Puig, Prison Narratives, and El
beso de la mujer araña
", Manuel Puig's decision to express queer sex within nontraditional
narrative terms represents the apex of a marginal historical narration that is imprisoned by a
political struggle in Argentina's history founded on heterosexuality. In "Discovering Silent
Pasts: Copi's Archive of the Marginal Subject", Copi's cartoon, dramatic and novelistic
production is regarded as an archive of marginal discourses. A look into Copi's most
famous comic strip, La femme assise, his play titled Loretta Strong (1974), and his first
novel, El baile de las locas (1976) locates marginality in an historical narrative that focuses
on the difficulty of locating the queer body in a clear and concise narrative of the past. For
Copi, the only historical narrative able to define the queer subject situates meaning itself in
the erotic encounter between naked bodies. Finally, the third chapter focuses on El affair
(1992), by María Moreno. In it, a textual collage of misrepresented,
misunderstood and sometimes completely unknown historical documents engages a
previously disregarded past that tells of a female erotic network in conjunction with
disorderly social conduct.

In these texts, each author sees traditional historical narration as limiting the way
marginal subjects define themselves within chronological time. Taken together, they
present a memory founded on sex as a means of embracing chaos, confusion and
contradiction in their historical endeavor. When sexual intimacy becomes a way of
narrating the past, sexual memory leads to a present where nothing is over-looked, not even
awkward pleasures or queer passions.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Introduction: Hindsight, Blindness and Looking into Latin America's Marginal Pasts
I. From Marginality to Queer Stories to Sexual Memories
II. Queer Histories, Sexual Memories: Speaking about Argentina's Marginal Past
III. The State of My Question: (Sexual) Memories of Puig, Copi and Moreno
Chapter 1: Hearing Silent Voices: Manuel Puig, Prison Narratives, and El beso de la mujer
I. Puig's Prison Narrative, Part One: Paraphrasing Pasts, Narrating Difference
II. Puig's Prison Narrative, Part Two: Dominance, Documents and Textual
III. Kissing the Spider Woman: Puig's Silent Discussion of the Unimaginable
Chapter 2: Discovering Silent Pasts: Copi's Archive of the Marginal Subject
I. Copi's La femme assise: A Weekly Archive of the Margins
II. Imag(in)ing Narratives: Copi and an Impossible Historical Theatrics
III. Sexual Memory: Writing a Timeless Archive with Copi's El baile de las locas
Chapter 3: Insinuating Pasts: Poetic Subjects and their Sexual Memories in María
Moreno's El Affair Skeffington
I. Archival Confusions and Historical Fictions in Moreno's Prologue
II. Reciting the Past: Quotes, Interpretation and Historical Narration
III. A Sexual Poetics of the Subject: Reading Skeffington's Affairs
Conclusion: Blurred Vision, Sexual Stories and the Historical Subject

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