New PDF release: A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan

By Hiram Pérez

ISBN-10: 1479818658

ISBN-13: 9781479818655

ISBN-10: 1479845868

ISBN-13: 9781479845866

Winner, LGBT reviews Lammy Award presented by Lambda Literary
Neither queer concept nor queer activism has totally reckoned with the function of race within the emergence of the trendy homosexual topic. In A flavor for Brown Bodies, Hiram Pérez strains the improvement  of homosexual modernity and its endured romanticization of the brown physique. Focusing particularly on 3 figures with elusive queer histories—the sailor, the soldier, and the cowboy— Pérez unpacks how each one has been memorialized and wanted for his or her heroic masculinity whereas whilst functioning as brokers for the growth of the USA borders and neocolonial zones of influence. 

Describing a permanent homonationalism courting to the “birth” of the gay within the overdue nineteenth century, Pérez considers not just how US imperialist enlargement used to be discovered, but in addition the way it used to be visualized for and during homosexual males. through an research of literature, movie, and images from the nineteenth to the twenty first  centuries—including Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Anne Proulx’s “Brokeback Mountain,” and images of abuse on the Abu Ghraib prison—Pérez proposes that glossy homosexual male identification, frequently traced to past due Victorian structures of “invert” and “homosexual,” occupies no longer the outer edge of the country yet particularly a worldly place, instrumental to initiatives of struggle, colonialism, and neoliberalism. A flavor for Brown Bodies argues that practices and subjectivities that we comprehend traditionally as varieties of homosexuality were regulated and normalized as an extension of the USA countryside, laying naked the tacit, if complicated, participation of homosexual modernity inside US imperialism. 

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