Queer Exposures: Sexuality and Photography in Roberto Bolaño's Fiction and Poetry

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University of Pittsburgh Press
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.37 pounds
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About the Author
Ryan F. Long is associate professor of Spanish and comparative literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research focuses on the politics of literary and visual representation in Mexico and Latin America. Long is the author of Fictions of Totality: The Mexican Novel, 1968, and the National-Popular State.
Long's approach to Roberto Bolaño reveals an interesting aspect in several of his works: constant non-normative sexual practices that counter dominant masculinities in his fiction and poetry. With this study, Long adds a very important ingredient that further enriches the currently limited critical interpretations of the author's works in this area.-- "Bulletin of Spanish Studies"
Rereading Bolaño's work through the lenses of photography and queerness, Ryan Long brings a new constellation into striking focus. Little-studied texts and characters emerge from the shadows cast by the central quest narratives to expose new patterns of meaning, and renew our understanding of the work's emancipatory force. Long's close reading is patient in its attention to detail, restless in its resistance to interpretive closure, bold in its conceptual reach: a precious combination.--Chris Andrews, writer and translator of Roberto Bolaño's work
Focusing both on the topic of homosexual desire and the [homo]erotics of Roberto Bolaño's texts (the lingering, inconclusive quality of a literary discourse which tends to wait in the margins of the meaning, to always come back, re-think and re-write what is apparently done), this pioneering book succeeds in productively queering the master reading of a master.--Gabriele Bizzarri, Università degli Studi di Padova
Long has produced the most original and compelling book-length study to date of Roberto Bolaño's endlessly fascinating work. Invoking the notion of queer exposure, understood as a laying bare, without revelation or capture, of the heteronormative fictions that underlie social and political control, he unlocks unexpected dimensions of Bolaño's writing, including the uncanniness of enclosed spaces from nation-states to photographs, the vulnerability of life and historical experience in late capitalism, and the temporal and spatial instability of images and texts.--Kate Jenckes, University of Michigan