Transgenderism, Lesbian Desire, and Catalina de Erauso
Author: Sherry Velasco
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Catalina de Erauso (1592-1650) was a Basque noblewoman who, just before taking final vows to become a nun, escaped from the convent at San Sebastián, dressed as a man, and, in her own words, "went hither and thither, embarked, went into port, took to roving, slew, wounded, embezzled, and roamed about." Her long service fighting for the Spanish empire in Peru and Chile won her a soldier's pension and a papal dispensation to continue dressing in men's clothing. This theoretically informed study analyzes the many ways in which the "Lieutenant Nun" has been constructed, interpreted, marketed, and consumed by both the dominant and divergent cultures in Europe, Latin America, and the United States from the seventeenth century to the present. Sherry Velasco argues that the ways in which literary, theatrical, iconographic, and cinematic productions have transformed Erauso's life experience into a public spectacle show how transgender narratives expose and manipulate spectators' fears and desires. Her book thus reveals what happens when the private experience of a transgenderist is shifted to the public sphere and thereby marketed as a hybrid spectacle for the curious gaze of the general audience.
A young astronomer in colonial Australia faces tragedy on the ground in this follow-up to the award-winning The Secret River—“A triumph. Read it at once” (The Sunday Times, UK). A stunning follow-up to her Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning book, The Secret River, Grenville’s The Lieutenant is a gripping story of friendship, self-discovery, and the power of language set along the unspoiled shores of 1788 New South Wales, Australia. As a boy, Daniel Rooke was an outsider. Ridiculed in school for his intellect and misunderstood by his parents, he finds a path for himself in the British Navy—and in his love for astronomy. As a young lieutenant, Daniel joins a voyage to Australia. And while his countrymen struggle to control their cargo of convicts and communicate with nearby Aboriginal tribes, Daniel constructs an observatory to chart the stars and begin the work he prays will make him famous. Out on his isolated point, Daniel becomes involved with the local Aborigines, forging an intimate connection with one girl that will change the course of his life. But when his compatriots come into conflict with the indigenous population, Daniel must turn away from the stars and declare his loyalties on the ground.
The acclaimed author’s controversial debut: A “fine, tense, wholly absorbing” novel of men at war . . . with themselves (Richard Yates). At sea aboard a Navy aircraft carrier, Lt. Daniel Tierney finds himself in direct command of his Marine Corps detachment for the first time. When a minor infraction committed by promising young PFC Ted Freeman leads to a major investigation, a secret culture of initiation rituals and homosexuality is exposed on the ship. Torn between protecting Freeman and safeguarding the Marines' reputation, Tierney must come to terms with the tragic reality of a system he had once idealized. Dubus’s first and only novel, The Lieutenant exposes the culture and politics of the United States military at the start of the Vietnam War, and reveals the common insecurities of the men whose lives were defined by it. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Andre Dubus including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.
A farcical look at political violence as it's played out during the Troubles in Northern Ireland against the drab backdrop of a bare, rustic Irish cottage and unending boredom in an inhospitable environment in which a mutilated cat sets off a murderous cycle of revenge. Wee Thomas was a friendly cat. He would always say hello to you were you to see him sitting on a wall. (Pause.) He won't be saying hello no more, God bless him. Not with that lump of a brain gone. Who knocked Wee Thomas over on the lonely road on the island of Inishmore, and was it an accident? "Mad Padraig" will want to know when he gets back from a stint of torture and chip shop bombing in Northern Ireland: he loves that cat more than life itself.
She has his hand, but not his heart… Amanda Hamilton's fortune means she's not short of marriage offers, despite her unfashionable figure! But there's only one man she wants for her husband, the dashing Lieutenant Peter Phipps, who is in dire financial straits. Amanda knows Phipps doesn't love her, but when he proposes, she accepts—unable to resist the chance to live her dreams. Their burgeoning relationship surprises everyone, especially Phipps, who discovers that his sweet, sensible fiancée is also brave and passionate. Suddenly, the role of dutiful husband looks a lot more attractive! Regency Brides of Convenience Deals made at the altar
Her lies thrust them together. His suspicions keep them apart. For Clare Fuller, the stakes are rising. Her sister has been framed for murder and a mysterious amulet is the only ransom for her acquittal. Clare must retrieve it at any cost, even if it means stealing the charm from a sexy, wounded war hero. Lieutenant Mark Griggs doesn't trust the alluring schoolteacher who's stolen his lucky pendant. All he knows is that the only woman who's ever broken down his defenses needs his help. Now, to find the truth and elude a killer, Mark and Clare will have to work together—and risk being burned by the growing heat consuming them both.
American pilot Mike Malloy has learned his lesson: when you join the French Foreign Legion, it’s best not to wipe the floor with two French officers ... no matter how richly they deserve it. And it appears he has all the time in the world to think about it. He’s been sentenced to five years in a Moroccan penal battalion—which is French for death sentence. But Malloy is about to get a reprieve ... if he’s willing to fly into the heart of the Sahara and into the teeth of a Berber rebellion. It’s an offer Malloy can’t refuse. All he has to do is fly two passengers into the desert and return with a book that disappeared 800 years ago. But as he’s a man who doesn’t go by the book, this expedition could turn out to have unexpected benefits. One of his passengers is a young American woman whose eyes are as beautiful and blue as the wild blue yonder.... Fasten your seat belts and set a course for action and adventure as The Lieutenant Takes the Sky takes you on the ride of your life. “First published in 1938, this action-packed short novel epitomizes the thrills that readers sought out in pulp fiction magazines of the early 20th century.” —Publishers Weekly
The Lieutenant and the Skulduggery tells of young Elizabeth Anabella Drummond, who hears of something she should not have. She turns to a neighbor for help. Unknown to her, he is a smuggler. Elizabeth is full of tenacity and to prove this, she goes along with everything she is told with complete trust in her unknown neighbor. She lies to her father about where she is going and what she is doing. The next thing Elizabeth knows, she is on board a ship filled with unknown sailors, flying a French flag and heading to the enemy¿s shore. Soon Elizabeth wins the hearts of the crew. She meets desperate people and more spies along her journey. Her adversary is a Scot, Mac Leish, that has gone over to the French because of his hatred for King George. Mac Leish is hired by the French to find the spy that is stealing their plans and giving them to England. His only intent is to kill the spy and halt the information, no mater what or who he kills along the way. Webster¿s new world dictionary of American language defines Skulduggery as (skul-dug¿çr-I) n. [Early Mod. Scot. sculdudrie; formation « O Fr. * escoulourgie, a slipping « escoulourgier.] [L.L. * excollubricare ; cf LUBRICATE), to slip ; sense development ; fornication ¿ obscenity ¿ rascality ¿ trickery] [Colloq.], mean trickery; craftiness.
Something is afoul in the Revolutionary Socialist Republic of Venezuela. Despite food shortages, blackouts and the terrible violence, El Comandante's iron grip is stronger than ever. Newly decorated Lieutenant Juan Marco Machado lovingly caresses his shiny AK-103 as he thinks about his promotion and what he would be willing to do to defend his revolution, and his position. He is about to find out it's more than he ever would have believed. Dona Esmeralda is in trouble. Ordered to demonstrate her solidarity for the revolution and open her colonial mansion (in which she carefully protects her dead husband's ghost) to the barrio dwellers, she decides she is left with no choice but to plot a counterrevolution. Meanwhile, Freddy, an American high school student is propelled by his parents to attend a socialist youth summit in Venezuela, pitting him against Pancho Randelli, a freedom activist and leader of the struggling student movement. And so the fates of four people are about to be intertwined within a country plunged into revolution. "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" is the compelling story about four people seeking to find themselves under the chilling pall of socialism. People from different backgrounds and across the hemisphere will find something to love, as well as something deeply disturbing, in this new magical realism twist on a South American classic genre, the dictator novel."