Monstrous Machos: Horror and the Crisis of Latin American Masculinity



This chapter is concerned with the different ways in which the figure of the male monster, and the notion of the monstrous, may operate as a metaphor for a crisis of masculinity as experienced in many regions throughout Latin America. The chapter argues that machismo can no longer separate itself from the notion of same-sex desire—either homosocial or homosexual—and that instead, this crisis of masculinity can only be overcome, in its own monstrosity, by the assumption and/or externalisation of those desires. The death of the male protagonists in both films analysed in this chapter can then be regarded as the symbolic death of machismo as a fixed template of masculinity circulating in the popular imaginary throughout the continent.


Symbolic Order Horror Cinema Male Protagonist Latin American Society Homosexual Desire 
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  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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