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Homecoming Queers

Desire and Difference in Chicana Latina Cultural Production

Marivel T. Danielson

Publication Year: 2009

Homecoming Queers provides a critical discussion of the multiple strategies used by queer Latina authors and artists in the United States to challenge silence and invisibility within mainstream media, literary canons, and theater spaces. Marivel T. Danielson's analysis reveals the extensive legacy of these cultural artists, including novelists, filmmakers, students and activists, comedians, performers, and playwrights. By clearly discussing the complexities and universalities of ethnic, racial, sexual, gender, and class intersections between queer Chicana and U.S. Latinas, Danielson explores the multiple ways identity shapes and shades creative expression.

Published by: Rutgers University Press


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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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p. vii

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p. ix

I am honored to have had the privilege to work with scholarly and literary revolutionaries throughout my journey to this book. Frances Aparicio, Eliana Rivero, Jossianna Arroyo, Mar

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1. Queering Home: Desire Meets Theory Meets Art

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pp. 1-9

In “The Homeland, Aztlán/El otro México,” Gloria Anzaldúa maps the physical and emotionally treacherous terrain covered by undocumented women in the U.S.–Mexico border region. Vulnerability to violence, discrimination, and harsh environmental conditions marks a precarious state that Anzaldúa visualizes as a ...

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2. Speaking Selves: Language and Identity in Transition

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pp. 10-40

I begin with a word, as all books must. A label for him, a title for her. Which X marks your spot? This book’s title alone contains three labels: queer, Chicana, and Latina. Each word maps a clear path toward gender, sexuality, and/or ethnic identity. Language necessitates order. Yet human experience and subjectivity are inherently disorderly. ...

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3. Moving Violations: Performing the Limits of Representation in Marga Gomez’s jaywalker

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pp. 41-67

The sounds of screeching tires and crunching metal open Marga Gomez’s jaywalker,1 where a wide-eyed Gomez rushes out into the spotlight on a stage with only a small pile of automobile tires set to one side. Dressed in a short black lace slip, bright orange traffic safety vest, and precariously high platform sneakers, the title character ...

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4. The Birdy and the Bees: Queer Chicana Girlhood in Carla Trujillo’s What Night Brings

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pp. 68-91

Marci is a girl who wants to be a boy so she can be in love with a girl. She introduces her plight with the above declaration while nightly imploring to God, Baby Jesus, and the Virgin Mary to grant her wish of bodily conversion. At different points along the narrative road that Carla Trujillo paves in her 2003 debut novel, ...

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5. Complicating Community: Terri de la Pe

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pp. 92-120

Each of the narrative works in this chapter map out the insufficiencies of dominant spaces while simultaneously envisioning organic home spaces where queer Latina bodies, voices, and discourses are not marginal but central. When considered together, these characterizations of queer Latina desire posit a politics ...

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6. Performing the Erotics of Home: Monica Palacios, Marga Gomez, and Carmelita Tropicana

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pp. 121-143

Performative forms of expression not only allow for an additional element of corporeality so important to marginalized subjects combating silence and erasure, but also emphasize the performative nature of the representational process. By breaking free from the constraints of the page and the written word, ...

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7. Dancing with Devils: Gendered Violence in Novels by Emma P

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pp. 144-167

Transitioning away from the model of sameness elucidated in the previous chapters, the narrative works of Emma P

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8. Our Art Is Our Weapon: Women of Color Transforming Academia

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pp. 168-190

Ela Troyano’s 1994 short film Carmelita Tropicana: Your Kunst Is Your Waffen stars Troyano’s sister Alina as her performative alter-ego, Carmelita Tropicana, a radical Cuban-born, New York City, Lower East Side–dwelling, lesbian performance artist with a penchant for colorful sequined costumes, platform sneakers, and ...


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pp. 211-220

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MARIVEL T. DANIELSON is an assistant professor of literature and cultural studies in the Department of Transborder Chicana/o Latina/o Studies at Arizona State University.

E-ISBN-13: 9780813548371
E-ISBN-10: 0813548373
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813545714
Print-ISBN-10: 0813545714

Page Count: 242
Publication Year: 2009

OCLC Number: 593317907
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  • Hispanic Americans in the performing arts.
  • Home in literature.
  • Lesbians' writings, American -- History and criticism.
  • American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
  • Hispanic American lesbians -- Intellectual life.
  • Space in literature.
  • American literature -- Hispanic American authors -- History and criticism.
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