Pedro Lemebel (2586 words)


Identifying as queer, Marxist, mestizo, and working class, Chilean performance artist and writer Pedro Lemebel challenged and interrupted cultural, social, and political institutions from the intersection of a number of marginalized identities from the 1980s (during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship) until his untimely death in 2015. Lemebel’s urban chronicles reinvent this literary genre through a poetic sensibility, satirical humor, and creative wordplay that occupies extremely local (Chilean) language, turning him into a cultural and queer icon in Latin America and beyond.

Chile’s first author to openly describe and present himself as a loca [queen], often wearing high heels and a head scarf, Pedro …

Citation: Osborne, Elizabeth. "Pedro Lemebel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 June 2020 [, accessed 04 December 2021.]

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