This book provides readers with a study of the characteristics that make life unique for sexual minorities in Brazil while also viewing Brazil in relation to global LGBT sociopolitical movements. It critically assesses the complex relationship(s) between the visual arts and political activism, carefully analyzing artistic, cinematic, and photographic representations of LGBTQ identities. Brazil provides a useful case to example, with the cultivation of ambiguity in contemporary (re)constructions of queer life. In this book, the author conducts the first comprehensive discourse analysis of the dynamics and features of the largest LGBT Pride Parade in the world. This problematizes and analyzes the relationship between burgeoning critical socio-political movements and institutions and the language and new media discourses used to configure and conceptualize them.
The aim of this project is to create a theoretical scholarly framework promoting linkages between political activism and academic scholarship and by using discourse analysis, the intricacies of terminology Brazilian sexual minorities adopt and adapt, illustrating the development of LGBTQ identities through performative language use.
Steven F. Butterman is Associate Professor of Portuguese and Director of the Portuguese Language Program at the University of Miami, where he has also directed the Women's and Gender Studies program, served as coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Studies programs and developed the minor in LGBTQ Studies.
Introduction: Pondering the Paradise of Paradox: LGBTI+ Culture in Brazil Today
Chapter 1. A Decade of Decadence: The Emergence of the Largest Gay Pride Parade on the Planet (1997 – 2006)
Chapter 2. Winter Carnaval fora de época?: Progression and Retrogression in São Paulo’s LGBT Pride Parade (2007 – 2011)
Chapter 3. WhatsZapping the LGBT Pride Parade of São Paulo: Fake News and the (Ab)uses of Social Media Platforms in Digital Brazil (2012 – 2020)
Chapter 4. Looking Them Up (and Down): What (Homo)Sexuality Means in Brazilian Reference Works
Chapter 5. Translating Trans in Brazilian Culture
Chapter 6. Tracing the Trenches of the Travesti Travesty: Trans Photography and Artivism in Brazil
Chapter 7. (For)Getting Far Away from Home: Cinematic Representations of 21st-Century (LGB)Trans Brazil
Chapter 8. What’s Queer Got to do With It? Queernormativity and Heterobrasilidade in Brazil’s Queermuseu
Epilogue: The (R)evolving Closet Door in LGBT Brazil
Appendix: The Queer-stionnaire
Newspaper Articles and Periodicals Cited in Chapters 1 – 3
Filmography of 21st-Century LGBT Brazilian Cinema
This material is exemplary of Butterman’s first-rate work on Brazil, both in terms of research reliability and thoughtful analysis. Queering and Querying the Paradise of Paradox helps us to understand the specifics of Brazilian sociosexual history, which bulks so large in Latin America’s imaginary and in the international imaginary.
Butterman is a respected scholar and beloved teacher whose intellectual knowledge and curricular offerings encompass a variety of literary and cultural topics and genres.His ability to reach across disciplinary boundaries, weaving aspects of politics, cultural considerations, societal biases, linguistic variants, and theoretical frameworks, while still remaining focused on specific, topical examples spanning many genres, is admirable.
Virtual book launch at the iconic Provincetown Public Library held on July 6, 2021: https://www.provincetownlibrary.org/events/event-one-hkx9d-prr7x-rjbsh-a2kcg-lf848-mnxap-rgmn6-lw9f3-2ejpt-bxmt9-fnlzb-ty8cc-lryyh
YouTube Presentation of the book itself (from the reading referred to above): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwB76-9seVM
Research Profile: https://research.miami.edu/stories/pride/steven-butterman/index.html