Abstract

The article asks what is created when blood-mixing oscillates between a marker of Chicano/a racial and cultural identity and a facilitator of HIV transmission. Reading across Chicano/a discourse, disability studies, and HIV/AIDS scholarship, the article evaluates the shaping influence of blood-mixing for narratives of Chicano/a hybridity, relatedness, and reimagined kinship. This synthesis, which is termed “viral mestizaje,” proves a unique critical optic through which to revaluate blood-mixing in Chicano literature responding to HIV/AIDS.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1757-6466
Print ISSN
1757-6458
Pages
pp. 323-340
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-30
Open Access
No
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