The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sex and Latin American Culture is the first comprehensive volume to explore the intersections between gender, sexuality, and the creation, consumption, and interpretation of popular culture in the Américas.

The chapters seek to enrich our understanding of the role of pop culture in the everyday lives of its creators and consumers, primarily in the 20th and 21st centuries. They reveal how popular culture expresses the historical, social, cultural, and political commonalities that have shaped the lives of peoples that make up the Américas, and also highlight how pop culture can conform to and solidify existing social hierarchies, whilst on other occasions contest and resist the status quo. Front and center in this collection are issues of gender and sexuality, making visible the ways in which subjects who inhabit intersectional identities (sex, gender, race, class) are "othered", as well as demonstrating how these same subjects can, and do, use pop-cultural phenomena in self-affirmative and progressively transformative ways. Topics covered in this volume include TV, film, pop and performance art, hip-hop, dance, slam poetry, gender-fluid religious ritual, theater, stand-up comedy, graffiti, videogames, photography, graphic arts, sports spectacles, comic books, sci-fi and other genre novels, lotería card games, news, web, and digital media.

chapter |16 pages


Putting gender and sexuality at the center of all that goes pop in Latin America
ByFrederick Luis Aldama

part |84 pages

Transmedial re-mediations

chapter |12 pages

Hybrid mass culture

ByDebra A. Castillo

chapter |15 pages

The Latin American flâneur in the digital age

ByOsvaldo Cleger

chapter |11 pages

Intersections of gender and gaming in Latin America

ByPhillip Penix-Tadsen

chapter |14 pages

La lotería mexicana

Playing with heteronormativity
ByStacey Alex

chapter |12 pages

Diasporic intersectionality

Colonial history and Puerto Rican hero narratives in 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente and La Borinqueña
ByIvonne M. García

chapter |8 pages

Drawing up a ‘post’-Latin America

The possibilities and limits of gender imagination in post-apocalyptic, post-human, and post-historical graphic narrative
ByMauricio Espinoza

chapter |10 pages

Tito Guízar on Radio Row

Intermediality, Latino identity, and two early 1930s Vitaphone shorts
ByNicolas Poppe

part |65 pages

Bending genre

chapter |14 pages

Melodramatic attachments

On Puig’s Boquitas pintadas
ByBen. Sifuentes-Jáuregui

chapter |10 pages

Sex with aliens

Dramatic irony in Daína Chaviano’s “The Annunciation”
ByMatthew David Goodwin

chapter |13 pages

Villain or victim?

Undermining the memory of Japanese Peruvians in Augusto Higa Oshiro’s Gaijin (Extranjero)
ByShigeko Mato

chapter |14 pages

Art, literature, and mass media in Pedro Lemebel

ByJuan Poblete

part |75 pages

Re-constructing silver screen imaginaries

chapter |8 pages

Neoliberal pigmentocracies

Women and the elite body politic in neoliberal Mexican cinema
ByIgnacio M. Sánchez Prado

chapter |10 pages

Class, gender, race in recent filmic urban Brazilian spaces 1

BySamuel Cruz

chapter |9 pages

El roc ha muerto, viva el roc

Countercultural heroines in Sergio García Michel’s Super 8mm cinema
ByIván Eusebio Aguirre Darancou

chapter |10 pages

Starring Mexico

Female stardom, age and mass media trajectories in the 20th century
ByOlivia Cosentino

chapter |16 pages

Hemisexualizing the Latin lover

Film and live art interpretations and provocations
ByPaloma Martinez-Cruz, John Cruz

chapter |9 pages

Transnational queerings and Sense8

ByLaura Fernández

chapter |11 pages

Good gringos, bad hombres

The postlapsarian films of Mel Gibson
ByRyan Rashotte

part |41 pages

Putting the feminist and queer pop in the pictorial arts

chapter |7 pages

Graffiti in Latin America

Preliminary notes
ByIlan Stavans

chapter |11 pages

Graffiti School Comunidad

A feminist arts pedagogy of empowerment
ByGuisela Latorre, Marjorie Peñailillo

chapter |11 pages

The photography of Thomaz Farkas and the Estádo de Pacaembu

A theatre of Brazilian male homosociality
ByDavid William Foster

part |47 pages

Bend it like Pelé

chapter |13 pages

A “friendly” game

Homoaffectivity in Club de Cuervos
ByPatrick Thomas Ridge

chapter |10 pages

Reading race and gender in The Black Man in Brazilian Soccer and beyond

ByJack A. Draper III

chapter |13 pages

Hard punches, vulnerable bodies

Latin American boxing films and the intersections of gender, class, and nation
ByMauricio Espinoza, Luis Miguel Estrada Orozco

chapter |9 pages

“The Blizzard of Oz”

Ozzie Guillén and Latino masculinities as spectacle 1
ByJennifer Domino Rudolph

part |42 pages

Alt-hemispheric sound and body performatics

chapter |12 pages

Somos Mujeres Somos Hip Hop

Feminism and hip hop in Latin America
ByMelissa Castillo-Garsow

chapter |9 pages

Weirded soundscapes in contemporary Chilean narrative

ByJ. Andrew Brown

chapter |12 pages

Dance as medicine

Healing bodies in Nicaragua from the colonial period to the present
ByJohn Petrus, Jessica Rutherford

part |55 pages

Staging nuevo hemispheric identities

chapter |9 pages

Beside motherhood

Staging women’s lives in Latin American Theatre of the Real
ByJulie Ann Ward

chapter |12 pages

Can saraus speak to gender and migrant politics in São Paulo?

ByDerek Pardue

chapter |12 pages

Transfeminism and fake mustachios

Sayak Valencia’s decolonial critique at the U.S.–Mexico border
ByIgnacio Corona

chapter |10 pages

Proud sinvergüenza or foolish maricón?

Manu NNa’s challenge to Mexican homonormativity
ByDoug Bush

chapter |10 pages

The Cuban Missile Crisis of white masculinity

Tito Bonito and the burlesque butt
ByKristie Soares