1st Edition

Artful Seduction Homosexuality and the Problematics of Exile

By Karl Posso Copyright 2003

    The controversial works of Brazilian authors Silviano Santiago(1936-) and Caio Fernando Abreu (1948-96) offer distinctive but complementary explorations of male homosexual subjectivities formulated through displacement, exile and the abject. Posso examines the innovative ways in which these writers stage-manage Western poststructuralist thought to critique heterosexist exclusion in Brazil and in globalized popular and folk culture, and he explains how they draw on diverse cultural productions and art works to extend a general undermining of oppositional logic and psychoanalytic theory.

    Introduction; 1: The Ambiguous Art of Vanishing: Abjection and Undecidable Homosexuality in Stella Manhattan; 2: ‘Autumn Leaves’: Deciduous Signification and Homosexual Exile; 3: ‘Bem longe de Marienbad’: The Masochistic Dislocation of Homosexual (Dis)satisfaction; 4: ‘There’s no place like home’: Writing Off the Domus in Onde andará Dulce Veiga?; Conclusion


    Karl Posso