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Affect, Gender and Sexuality in Latin AmericaNostalgia as Historical Critique: Time and Desire in Alejandro Modarelli’s Rosa Prepucio

Affect, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America: Nostalgia as Historical Critique: Time and Desire... [In this essay, I would like to take Rosa prepucio (2011), published by the Argentine writer, journalist and activist Alejandro Modarelli, as an opportunity to reflect on the affective responses to recent cultural, political, and legal changes in the situation of the LGBT community in Argentina. In particular, I would like to think of the book’s nostalgic tone as a form of historical critique, that is, as a way to question historical accounts of sexuality in Argentina grounded on the ideas of triumph and progress. The characters in Rosa prepucio long for a time when same-sex encounters were clandestine and persecuted, and when their sexual meetings often ended with police raids. Their nostalgic attachment to this period, however, is not about returning to the past but rather about recognizing the temporal drags that haunt the present and exert pressure on current segregations. This is a way of challenging progressive narratives of supersession that assume a straight road from a darker homosexual past to a brighter gay present.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Affect, Gender and Sexuality in Latin AmericaNostalgia as Historical Critique: Time and Desire in Alejandro Modarelli’s Rosa Prepucio

Part of the Gender, Development and Social Change Book Series
Editors: Macón, Cecilia; Solana, Mariela; Vacarezza, Nayla Luz

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
ISBN
978-3-030-59368-1
Pages
275 –293
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-59369-8_14
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Abstract

[In this essay, I would like to take Rosa prepucio (2011), published by the Argentine writer, journalist and activist Alejandro Modarelli, as an opportunity to reflect on the affective responses to recent cultural, political, and legal changes in the situation of the LGBT community in Argentina. In particular, I would like to think of the book’s nostalgic tone as a form of historical critique, that is, as a way to question historical accounts of sexuality in Argentina grounded on the ideas of triumph and progress. The characters in Rosa prepucio long for a time when same-sex encounters were clandestine and persecuted, and when their sexual meetings often ended with police raids. Their nostalgic attachment to this period, however, is not about returning to the past but rather about recognizing the temporal drags that haunt the present and exert pressure on current segregations. This is a way of challenging progressive narratives of supersession that assume a straight road from a darker homosexual past to a brighter gay present.]

Published: Feb 23, 2021

Keywords: Nostalgia; Sexual desire; Progress; Queer temporality; Temporal drag

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