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Sexuality and the Unnatural in Colonial Latin America

Zeb Tortorici


This book explorse the history of illicit and alternative sexualities in Latin America’s colonial and early national periods. Together the chapters examine how “the unnatural” came to inscribe certain sexual acts and desires as criminal and sinful, including acts officially deemed to be “against nature”—sodomy, bestiality, and masturbation—along with others that approximated the unnatural-hermaphroditism, incest, sex with the devil, solicitation in the confessional, erotic religious visions, and the desecration of holy images. In doing so, this anthology makes important and necessary contribut ... More

Keywords: alternative sexualities, illicit sexualities, Latin America, sexual acts, sexual desires, hermaphroditism, incest, gender, sexuality, LGBTQ movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520288140
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zeb Tortorici, editor
New York University

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Part I Unnatural Heresies

3 The Devil or Nature Itself?

Jacqueline S. Holler

4 Female Homoeroticism, Heresy, and the Holy Office in Colonial Brazil

Ronaldo Vainfas and Zeb Tortorici, translated by Luiza Vainfas and Zeb Tortorici

Part II Unnatural Crimes

5 Experimenting with Nature

Martín Bowen Silva

7 Sodomy, Gender, and Identity in the Viceroyalty of Peru

Fernanda Molina, translated by Lucía Cordone

8 Incestuous Natures

Lee M. Penyak

9 Bestiality

Mílada Bazant, translated by Beatriz Álvarez and Zeb Tortorici


Pete Sigal

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