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Spring 3-22-2019


This document briefly explores the ways in which trans people have been written through Baroque aesthetics in the social and cultural imaginary of Latin America, despite the various unjust forces that have attempted to make them invisible and exclude them from the national narrative. The differences between Severo Sarduy’s Neobaroque, Néstor Perlongher’s Neobarroso, and Pedro Lemebel’s Neobarrocho are analyzed, while exploring their individual limitations and potentialities for voicing the joys and pains of being trans in an exclusionary society.


This document was presented at the The Northeast Modern Language Association 50th Convention at the Gaylord National Convention Center in Washington DC on March 22, 2019. The theme of the convention was "Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples." The panel was entitled "Queerness in Transit: Trans and Queer Bodies Across Cultures and Forms." and it was organized and chaired by Professor Carla Mazzio of SUNY University at Buffalo.



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