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Cuba's political and sexual outlaw : Reinaldo Arenas
Ocasio, Rafael.
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, [2003]

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ix, 212 pages ; 24 cm
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PQ7390.A72 Z82 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A detailed biographical account of Reinaldo Arenas's open opposition to Cuba's revolutionary institutions. It reveals the price that the Cuban dissident - one of the first out-of-the-closet gay writers from Latin America - paid in his quest for political, sexual and literary freedom.

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Ocasio (Agnew Scott College) examines both Cuba's stance on homosexuality--in the private life of Cuba's citizenry and as a theme in literature--and Reinaldo Arenas's fight against sexual and literary oppression. The author makes liberal use of historical documents to detail the political and literary prescriptions and proscriptions that Arenas transgressed in his writing and political activism. He also does an excellent job of chronicling trends and shifts in Cuban literary circles from 1960 to 1990. Ocasio provides critical analyses of several Arenas works that explicitly deal with semi-autobiographical homoerotic themes, including Con los ojos cerrados, Celestino antes del alba, El palacio de las blanquisimas mofetas, and El mundo alucinante. Some of Ocasio's insights are new, but the major contribution of this study is the abundantly documented historical contextualization that sheds additional light on a controversial literary figure. This book will be helpful to anyone doing advanced study on Reinaldo Arenas, gay and lesbian themes in literature, or the treatment of gays and lesbians in Cuba. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; general readers. S. E. Cooper California State University--Chico

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Note on Quotation of Arenas's Works and Lettersp. x
Introductionp. 1
1. (Homo) Sexual Politics of the Cuban Revolutionp. 11
2. Short-Story Production and Revolutionary Ideologyp. 46
3. The Sexual Memoirs of a Gay Childp. 91
4. Transgressions of a Sexual Outlawp. 130
Conclusionp. 178
Notesp. 189
Bibliographyp. 195
Indexp. 207