Literatura e homoerotismo

A perspectiva queer em Morangos mofados, de Caio Fernando Abreu

Lizandro Carlos Calegari


Forces that were liberated beginning in the 1960s manifested in the Brazil of the 1980s a paradoxical situation that was both a climax and a crisis. The generation that undertook to effect the sexual revolution committed its stories to paper. There was an explosion of feminine eroticism. The major metropolitan centers provided the stage for a new sexuality, and a renewed interest in homosexuality emerged. Despite such developments, conservative principles that have long characterized Brazilian society insisted on the exclusion of sexual groups that did not adhere to heterosexist premises. Caio Fernando Abreu was one of the writers who turned their attention to the complex questions raised during the decades in question. Some of his texts constitute a broad canvas in which questions relating to sexuality or gender cross the boundaries of socially legitimated models. This study examines from a queer perspective a selection of Abreu’s stories drawn from the 1982 collection Morangos mofados. The stories “Terça-feira gorda,” “Sargento Garcia” and “Aqueles dois” involve situations in which individuals are excluded because their sexual deportment is socially unacceptable to the Brazilian society Abreu presents.


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