Title

Lesbian Desire and (Dis)identification in Beatriz Preciado's Testo yonqui

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Department

Spanish

Language

English

Publication Title

Letras Femeninas

Abstract

The complex relation of the female subject to visibility has persistently attracted the attention of feminist scholars and activists. The point isn't simply whether or not women are seen, but how, by whom, and to what end. Although questions of intelligibility, spectatorship, and representation are no less complex in the realm of lesbian visibility, sexual identity politics tend to simplify the problematics of visibility. Beatriz Preciado's critical perspective on visual epistemologies in Testo yonqui details the role of visibility in maintaining normative discourses of gender and sexuality and various ways that this tendency can be subverted. By destabilizing the relation of visibility to natural identity, the text draws into question essentialized formulations of gender and sexuality that this relation supports. What results is a refiguring of subjectivity in the realm of the visual such that identity is a process that is shaped by visibility and exceeds it.

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