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New Faculty Colloquium - Crossing Through Chueca: Lesbian Literary Identities in Queer Madrid, 1988-2005

Dr. Jill Robbins

Wed, September 23, 2009 | GAR 2.112

4:45 PM

In this talk, Dr. Robbins will describe her book project, Crossing through Chueca: Lesbian Literary Identities in Queer Madrid, 1988-2005, an exploration of lesbian (in)visibility from 1988 (the end of the movida madrileña) until the marriage march in 2005, in the Madrid marked by pride, feminism, neoliberalism and globalization, but still bearing the marks of the machismo nurtured during the long years of the Franco dictatorship. She will approach this issue by traversing the various literary spaces of the city associated with queer culture, referencing in particular the gay barrio of Chueca, not simply as a geographical location, but as a site criss-crossed by a multiplicity of subjects who constitute it as a particular queer space through the negotiation of their identities (sexual, racial, regional, gendered, class, and so forth). It is a political space as well—in the many senses that “political” may be understood—and it is a safe haven, a refuge from homophobia. The spatial and literary practices of Chueca also have some basis in economic relations, in different forms of consumption that have determined the planning and use of space, as well as its representation. Thus, she also looks at the ways in which aesthetics, politics, economics, gender and architecture intersect in the book industry (bookstores, publishing houses) in a historical moment, and it brings these considerations to bear on the critical analysis of texts drawn from high and popular cultures.  


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