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Animality, Sexuality and the Politics of Death in Mario Bellatin's Salon de belleza

Bollington, L; (2017) Animality, Sexuality and the Politics of Death in Mario Bellatin's Salon de belleza. Bulletin of Latin American Research , 37 (4) pp. 479-492. 10.1111/blar.12670. Green open access

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Abstract

In Bellatin's Salón de belleza aquariums filled with exotic fish function as the symbolic nexus through which queer bodies and destructive power intersect and become involved in mutational processes. This article brings the novella into dialogue with biopolitical philosophy, queer theory and posthumanism in order to conceptualise the multivalent implications of the text's trans‐species reflections and crossings. My analysis moves beyond existing interpretations of the novella as a mournful account of the HIV/AIDS pandemic or as a text that documents violence more broadly, by calling attention to the more affirmative potentialities that are also latent in Bellatin's aesthetics of impersonality.

Type: Article
Title: Animality, Sexuality and the Politics of Death in Mario Bellatin's Salon de belleza
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/blar.12670
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/blar.12670
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Area Studies, autoimmunity, impersonality, Mexican literature, necropolitics, posthumanism, queer theory, BODY
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10060292
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