'Travestido, Transformado, Definitivamente Distinto’? Transgenericidad and Gender Trouble in Leonardo Padura’s Máscaras

Peate, A. 2018. 'Travestido, Transformado, Definitivamente Distinto’? Transgenericidad and Gender Trouble in Leonardo Padura’s Máscaras. Bulletin of Latin American Research. 37 (4), pp. 449-463. https://doi.org/10.1111/blar.12667

Title'Travestido, Transformado, Definitivamente Distinto’? Transgenericidad and Gender Trouble in Leonardo Padura’s Máscaras
TypeJournal article
AuthorsPeate, A.
Abstract

This article considers how Máscaras (1995), the third novel in Cuban author Leonardo Padura's post‐Soviet detective fiction series Las cuatro estaciones , transforms the genre. This article argues that at once using and subverting US tenets of noir, the author successfully transfigures archetypes of form and content, in particular commenting on the figure of the Hombre Nuevo . The article discusses Máscaras as an example of a trans‐genre/transgenericidad: the novel demonstrates how postmodern symptoms such as self‐awareness and metanarrativity, deviant from the archetypal crime genre, reinforce and inform notions of fluid and performative representations of bodies and sexualities in Cuba.

KeywordsCuba
detective fiction
Hombre Nuevo
postmodernism
transgenericidad
iconoclasm
JournalBulletin of Latin American Research
Journal citation37 (4), pp. 449-463
ISSN0261-3050
Year2018
PublisherWiley
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/blar.12667
Publication dates
Published23 Apr 2018

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