This carefully researched, thought-provoking book offers an enduring testimony to the creativity, bravery, and originality of the scholarship of Thomas Abercrombie, who passed away in 2019. In Passing to América, Abercrombie guides readers on a transatlantic journey of transformative, multiple, and variable performances of self. Clothes, by the lucky fortune of a surviving inventory, figure importantly in this story, drawn from testimonies relating to don Antonio Yta's arrest for “imposture of sex.” As we learn about Yta's life and delve into Abercrombie's analysis, readers experience changes in habits, hábitos (the long gowns worn by nuns and other religious), and habitus, in the sociological sense of “the full range of acts that mark social roles” (p. 24). Abercrombie both achieves an in-depth contextualization of Yta in his era and places Yta into an up-to-the-minute transgender theory perspective. The book takes special care...
Passing to América: Antonio (Née María) Yta's Transgressive, Transatlantic Life in the Twilight of the Spanish Empire
Nicole von Germeten; Passing to América: Antonio (Née María) Yta's Transgressive, Transatlantic Life in the Twilight of the Spanish Empire. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 May 2020; 100 (2): 348–349. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-8178424
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