Pelo Vaso Traseiro: Sodomy and Sodomites in Luso-Brazilian History


Harold Johnson was born in Hastings, Nebraska, in 1931. He received his BA (1953) and MA (1960) from Cambridge University in the UK, and a doctorate from the University of Chicago, where he specialized in the history of medieval Spain, in 1963. He is now a scholar in residence in the history department at the University of Virginia.

Francis A. Dutra received a BA from St. Bonaventure University in 1960, an MA in Luso-Brazilian studies at New York University in 1963, and a PhD in Latin American History from New York University in 1968. A specialist in the history of Colonial Brazil, medieval and early modern Portuguese history, and European overseas expansion, he is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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This volume of collected articles is the first to focus exclusively on the history of homosexuality in the Portuguese-speaking world. Of the thirteen studies included, nine make available for the first time in English the work of eminent Luso-Brazilian historians, including no less than three by the preeminent researcher in the field, Professor Luiz Mott of the Federal University of Bahia. Two others analyze in detail the first novels, The Baron of Lavos in Portugal and Bom-Crioulo in Brazil—both written in the 1890s—that portray a homosexual relationship in a frankly realistic way. The collection should serve as essential reading for courses in Portuguese and Brazilian social history.


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