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Sexuality and the unnatural in colonial Latin America

Sexuality and the unnatural in colonial Latin America / edited by Zeb Tortorici.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]
xiv, 239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Tortorici, Zeb, 1978- editor.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Foreword / by Asunción Lavrin
  • Introduction: Unnatural bodies, desires, and devotions / Zeb Tortorici
  • Part I. Unnatural heresies. Archival narratives of clerical sodomy and suicide from eighteenth-century Cartagena / Nicole von Germeten ; Sacred defiance and sexual desecration : María Gertrudis Arévalo and the Holy Office in eighteenth-century Mexico / Nora E. Jaffary ; The devil or nature itself? : desire, doubt, and diabolical sex among colonial Mexican women / Jacqueline S. Holler ; Female homoeroticism, heresy, and the Holy Office in colonial Brazil / Ronaldo Vainfas and Zeb Tortorici
  • Part II: Unnatural crimes. Experimenting with nature : José Ignacio Eyzaguirre's general confession and the knowledge of the body (1799-1804) / Martín Bowen-Silva ; Prosecuting female-female sex in Bourbon Quito / Chad Thomas Black ; Sodomy, gender, and identity in the Viceroyalty of Peru / Fernanda Molina ; Incestuous natures : consensual and forced relations in Mexico, 1740-1854 / Lee M. Penyak ; Bestiality : the nefarious crime in Mexico, 1800-1856 / Mílada Bazant
  • Epilogue : unnatural sex? / Pete Sigal.
"Explores the history of illicit and alternative sexualities in Latin America's colonial and early national periods. Together the essays examine how 'the unnatural' came to inscribe certain sexual acts and desires as criminal and sinful, including acts officially deemed to be 'against nature'--sodomy, bestiality, and masturbation--along with others that approximated the unnatural--hermaphroditism, incest, sex with the devil, solicitation in the confessional, erotic religious visions, and the desecration of holy images. In doing so, this anthology makes important and necessary contributions to the historiography of gender and sexuality. Amid the growing politicized interest in broader LGBTQ movements in Latin America, the essays also show how these legal codes endured to make their way into post-independence Latin America"--Provided by publisher.
Subject headings
Sex--Latin America--History. Sex and law--Latin America--History. Sex--Latin America--Religious aspects--History. Sex crimes--Latin America--History. Latin Americans--Sexual behavior--History.
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9780520288140 (cloth ; alk. paper) 0520288149 (cloth ; alk. paper) 9780520288157 (pbk. ; alk. paper) 0520288157 (pbk. ; alk. paper) 9780520963184 (ebook) 0520963180 (ebook)
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