Transnational and Counternational Queer Agencies in Lusophone Cultures: Introduction

  • Anna M. Klobucka University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
  • César Braga-Pinto Northwestern University
Keywords: Portuguese, nonnormative, subjectivity, nationalism


This special issue of the Journal of Lusophone Studies was devised with the aim of addressing issues of (nonnormative) gender and (queer) sexuality in relation to travel, translation, transnational friendships and relationships, posturing and imitation, contagion, promiscuity, and other related themes across the spectrum of modern Luso-Afro-Brazilian literatures and cultures from the nineteenth century onward. Collectively, the editors and contributors are particularly interested in considering the ways in which queer subjectivities and agencies have counteracted triumphant versions of the nation and nationalism that seek to foreclose any alternatives to patriarchal and heteronormative fictions of progress and homogeneous identity.

Author Biographies

Anna M. Klobucka, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Anna M. Klobucka is the author of The Portuguese Nun: Formation of a National Myth (2000), O formato mulher: a emergência da autoria feminina na poesia portuguesa (2009), and O mundo gay de António Botto (2018). She also coedited After the Revolution: Twenty Years of Portuguese Literature 1974-1994 (1997), Embodying Pessoa: Corporeality, Gender, Sexuality (2007), and Gender, Empire and Postcolony: Luso-Afro-Brazilian Intersections (2014).

César Braga-Pinto, Northwestern University

César Braga-Pinto is the author of As promessas da história: discursos proféticos e assimilação no Brasil colonial (2004) and  A violência das letras: amizade e inimizade na literatura brasileira (1888-1940) (2018). He edited Ligeiros traços: escritos de juventude de José Lins do Rego (2007), À procura de saúde: crônicas de um doente/ In Search of Health: Cronicles of a Sick Man (2016), e coedited João Albasini e as luzes de Nwandzenguele: literatura e política em Moçambique 1908-1922 (2014).