Nostro Mundo: Extraordinary Spaces in the Poetry of Néstor Perlongher

Germán Garrido

Abstract


This essay examines the role played by what I call a queer exoticism in the poetry of Néstor Perlongher. This queer exoticism derives from a poetic search for strange, unfamiliar spaces with the potentiality to harbor or give rise to alternative sociabilities. Drawing on José Muñoz's notion of a queer utopianism and Sylvia Molloy's explorations of a queer Orientalism, I analyze Perlongher's poetry from his participation in the magazine Somos, published by the Argentine Frente de Liberación Homosexual in the early 1970s, to his Neo-Baroque --or "Neobarroso"-- poetry in Parque Lezama (1990). In all these cases, the exploration of dissident sexualities and sociabilities entails a critical reexamination of a "here and now" seen as oppressive and the formulation of an exotic queer space with utopian features.

Keywords


Queer, Space, Geography, Political Activism, Exoticism, Utopianism, Orientalism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/ct/2016.194

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