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Hispanic Research Journal

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Year: 2013 vol. 14 n. 6

Vinodh, Venkatesh. Mirrors, Lipstick, and Guns: Performing Revolutionary Masculinity in La mujer habitada. p. 496-504 Nicaragua
Masculinidad, movimientos revolucionarios, Lacan, Gioconda Belli, La mujer habitada
Siglo XX


The following essay studies the relationship between the female body and the construction of masculinity in Gioconda Belli’s La mujer habitada (1988). Taking into account theories of gender and Lacan’s ideas of subject construction, the article analyses how Belli constructs the female protagonist through a series of reflections and the performativity of theatre to establish a masculine subject. The study is built on the postulates forwarded by Raewyn Connell and Judith Butler to show how the new Latin American woman in La mujer habitada is not always a product of female agency but instead of a mimetic process of local masculinities. I propose in these pages a reclassification of Latin American masculinity through the trope of revolutionary masculinity, which is a recurrent model in contemporary novels that undertake a challenging of patriarchal military governments in the twentieth century.

Julee, Tate. Redefining Mexican Masculinity in Twenty-First Century Telenovelas. p. 538–552 México
Telenovela, México, masculinidad, homosexualidad, bisexualidad


Telenovelas are the most widely viewed television format in Mexico, and their storylines and characters reveal important clues about how different identities are understood and negotiated in a Mexican context. Gender identity in Mexico has traditionally been understood as a strict binary in which stereotypically feminine behaviour is attributable only to women and homosexual men, while stereotypically masculine behaviour is the exclusive domain of heterosexual men. This binary has a special significance in Mexico because of the historical importance placed upon exaggerated forms of masculinity as a key ingredient in the national character. In recent years, the addition of openly gay and bisexual male characters has in some ways reinforced and in other ways challenged the gender/sexuality binary. This investigation offers a genealogy of the evolving representation of masculinity in Mexican telenovelas and highlights the importance of the characterization of gay and bisexual male characters in this process. The telenovelas in question are read against gender theory and sociological research that focus primarily on a Mexican context.

Hispanic Research Journal
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