Introduction: Theorizing Transcultural Queer Bodies and Their Appropriation of Frenchness

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment book series (PSGE)


Navarro-Ayala examines France as a nation and an imagined cultural space. His introduction theorizes that Frenchness plays a significant role in the construction of a queer identity in both Latin America and North Africa. Rather than approaching these cultures as a residual depository of European thought, colonization, and linguistic dominance—as has often been demonstrated to prove problematic in queer theory and literary criticism—Navarro-Ayala’s research takes a transcultural approach to homo/sexual identities and subjectivities. He compares these two marginal regions from the global South in order to further the discussion about bodily image, sexuality, masculinity, marginality, ethnicity, and class within the discipline of queer studies, paying particular attention to the ways in which these sociological factors are associated with France in different cultural contexts.


Latin America North Africa Transculturation Queer studies Frenchness Indigenism Orientalism Body Exoticization of Arab boys Effeminate male body Mestizaje Métissage Cross-cultural encounters Identity Subjectivity Sexual tourism Homosexuality Masculinity Promiscuity Marginality Napoleon III 


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  1. 1.St. Norbert CollegeDe PereUSA

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