Side Dishes: Latin/o American Women, Sex and Cultural Production by Melissa A. FitchSide Dishes: Latin/o American Women, Sex and Cultural Production by Melissa A. Fitch

Side Dishes: Latin/o American Women, Sex and Cultural Production

byMelissa A. Fitch

Paperback | July 30, 2009

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Moving beyond the "main dishes" of traditional literary works, Side Dishes offers a provocative and delicious new understanding of Latin American women's authorship and activism. The book illuminates a wealth of creative and intellectual work by Latin American women—editors, directors, cartoonists, academics, performance artists, and comedians—and explores them in light of their treatment of women's sexuality.

Side Dishes considers feminist pornography and literary representations of masturbation, bisexuality, lesbianism, and sexual fantasies; the treatment of lust in stand-up comedy and science fiction; critical issues in leading feminist journals; and portrayals of sexuality in four contemporary Latin American films. Melissa A. Fitch concludes with a look at the rise of women's and gender studies programs in Latin America.

Melissa A. Fitch is an associate professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. She is the coauthor of Culture and Customs in Argentina and the former editor of Studies in Latin American Culture. Her essays on Latin American theater, film, and popular culture have been published in numerous journals...
Title:Side Dishes: Latin/o American Women, Sex and Cultural ProductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 30, 2009Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813545250

ISBN - 13:9780813545257


Table of Contents

Introduction: Appetizer
Epilogue: Leftovers

Editorial Reviews

"Melissa Fitch serves up an enticing array of Latina 'side dishes' in this collection of broadly interdisciplinary essays. Her menu includes chapters on Latin American and Latina stand-up comedians, science fiction writers, filmmakers, cartoonists, 'smut' artists and more--a range of creative and intellectual treats mostly excluded in standard academic fare. A delightful sampling of the richness, variety, and complexity of Latina identities and cultural production."Myra Mendible, editor of From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture