Prodigal daughters: portraying lesbians in Hispanic Caribbean cinema

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During the last twenty years, Hispanic Caribbean cinema has slowly developed roles to represent lesbians. In order to draw a conceptual map and to examine the un/successfulness of this new lesbian “public image,” I analyze both independent films that challenge the status quo by portraying openly lesbian characters and mainstream films that insist on denying autonomy to same-sex love. Whereas commercial markets may deem an openly lesbian role transgressive, queer female roles can be considered “appropriate.” Gender-queering functions as a symbolically transitional stage toward lesbian visibility and inclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-306
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Lesbian Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Hispanic Caribbean
  • cinema
  • lesbians
  • gender-queering
  • Cuba
  • Puerto Rico
  • Dominican Republic


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