Queering Transcultural Encounters

Bodies, Image, and Frenchness in Latin America and North Africa

  • Luis Navarro-Ayala

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment book series (PSGE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Frenchness in the Latin American Imaginary

  3. Exoticization of Brown Bodies: Strategic Confusion in North Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Luis Navarro-Ayala
      Pages 83-106
  4. Transcultural Information Media and Technology in Morocco

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 179-186

About this book


In a highly original and interdisciplinary work bridging French and Francophone studies, cultural studies, media studies, and gender and sexuality studies, Luis Navarro-Ayala examines the transnational queer body as a physical and symbolic entity intrinsically connected with space. Through a transcultural and intersectional approach to bodily representations, socioeconomic conditions, and postcolonial politics, Navarro-Ayala analyzes queerness and Frenchness in narratives from North Africa and Latin America, revealing that Frenchness is coded to represent a sexually deviant “Other.” France and Frenchness, in two distinct regions of the global South, have come to represent an imagined queer space enabling sexual exploration, even in social conditions that would have otherwise prevented queer agency. 


Queer studies Latin America North Africa Queer bodies Sociology of the body Transnationalism of the body postcolonial intersectional bodily representations socioeconomics postcolonial politics Francophone literatures Latin American literatures transnational information media

Authors and affiliations

  • Luis Navarro-Ayala
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Norbert CollegeDe PereUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-92314-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-92315-4
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