A Tango Performance: Inverts and Flowers in the Garçonnière in Buenos Aires

  • Luis Navarro-AyalaEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment book series (PSGE)


Navarro-Ayala explores how José González Castillo’s Los Invertidos (1914) treats queer bodies as boundary figures who experience inclusion and exclusion simultaneously. Navarro-Ayala argues that Frenchness is essential to understand the role of the garçonnière in Argentinean society in the early twentieth century, as this site becomes the space where homosexual behavior is openly allowed. Navarro-Ayala also builds on Lotman’s paradoxical double-functionality to show not only how the Argentinean author appears doubly anxious about the question of membership, but how the nation is defined in terms of its outside. He analyzes the trope about the exclusion of the Other to explain how effeminate male figures or inverts are expelled from the nationalist agenda in the play Los Invertidos.


José González Castillo Los Invertidos Garçonnière Buenos Aires Argentina Inverts Queer Sexual deviance Sexual degeneracy Vice Pathology Frenchness Theater of ideas Class struggle Bourgeoisie Tango Boundary figure Lotmanian cultural model Space 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.St. Norbert CollegeDe PereUSA

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