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Brown on Brown

Chicano/a Representations of Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity

By Frederick Luis Aldama

Publication Year: 2005

Common conceptions permeating U.S. ethnic queer theory tend to confuse aesthetics with real-world acts and politics. Often Chicano/a representations of gay and lesbian experiences in literature and film are analyzed simply as propaganda. The cognitive, emotional, and narrational ingredients (that is, the subject matter and the formal traits) of those representations are frequently reduced to a priori agendas that emphasize a politics of difference. In this book, Frederick Luis Aldama follows an entirely different approach. He investigates the ways in which race and gay/lesbian sexuality intersect and operate in Chicano/a literature and film while taking into full account their imaginative nature and therefore the specific kind of work invested in them. Also, Aldama frames his analyses within today's larger (globalized) context of postcolonial literary and filmic canons that seek to normalize heterosexual identity and experience. Throughout the book, Aldama applies his innovative approach to throw new light on the work of authors Arturo Islas, Richard Rodriguez, John Rechy, Ana Castillo, and Sheila Ortiz Taylor, as well as that of film director Edward James Olmos. In doing so, Aldama aims to integrate and deepen Chicano literary and filmic studies within a comparative perspective. Aldama's unusual juxtapositions of narrative materials and cultural personae, and his premise that literature and film produce fictional examples of a social and historical reality concerned with ethnic and sexual issues largely unresolved, make this book relevant to a wide range of readers.

Published by: University of Texas Press


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I wish to acknowledge the many conversations with queer Chicano/a writers such as Luis Alfaro, Francisco X. Alarc

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INTRODUCTION. Narrative, Sexuality,Race, and the Self

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pp. 1-20

My subject here is sex, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, and the self. Notwithstanding its multifaceted difficulties and complexities, I see it as a joyous, lively, complex, frequently surprising, and altogether gratifyingly controversial topic. One that has been treated in literature, cinema, and the arts from every angle of vision and from all ideological perspectives and yet remains as ...

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CHAPTER 1. Querying Postcolonial and Borderland Queer Theory

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pp. 21-46

In Brown: The Last Discovery of America, literary agent provocateur Richard Rodriguez renders visible his experiences as queer and Chicano in a so-identified post-Protestant /Catholic postcolonial Americas. In his trademark fast-paced and highly stylized journalese mode, Rodriguez textures an identity he variously dubs as brown and “third man” (125) that occupies “the passing ...

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CHAPTER 2. John Rechy’s Bending of Brown and White Canons

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pp. 47-72

In 1963 John Rechy published his runaway bestseller City of Night, introducing the American critics and readers alike to a fictionalized American demimonde. As guide into America’s cities at night, Rechy invented the unnamed, biracial (Mexican /Scottish) and bisexual protagonist from the bordertown El Paso. Since City of Night, Rechy has introduced his readers to dozens of other ...

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CHAPTER 3. Arturo Islas’s and Richard Rodriguez’s Ethnosexual Re-architexturing of Metropolitan Space

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pp. 73-88

In La Mollie and the King of Tears and Days of Obligation respectively, novelist Arturo Islas and journalist Richard Rodriguez pen homographic texts that queer the contemporary Chicano/a and mainstream U.S. textual landscape. Islas and Rodriguez create first-person narrating subjects—a smooth-talking pachuco, Louie Mendoza, for Islas and a hesitantly vulnerable yet penetratingly ...

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CHAPTER 4. Ana Castillo’s and Sheila Ortiz Taylor’s Bent Chicana Textualities

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pp. 89-113

U.S.-dwelling Chicana authors have come into their belle lettres own. Since the 1980s, names like Ana Castillo, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Denise Ch

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CHAPTER 5. Edward J. Olmos’s Postcolonial Penalizings of the Film-Image Repertoire

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pp. 114-136

In March of 1992, Chicano actor Edward James Olmos released his directorial debut, American Me. In this film, Olmos opened cinemagoers’ eyes to the multilayered terrain—psychological, sexual, social—in his creative representation of a Chicano youth turned gangbanger in East L.A. As the film unfolds, Olmos (as director and as the story’s protagonist) begins to break new ...

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CONCLUSION. Re-visioning Chicano/a Bodies and Texts

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pp. 137-148

In this concluding chapter, I want to return to several issues raised (directly and indirectly) throughout Brown on Brown. As I’ve already discussed at some length in Chapter 1, there are some critical entanglements that inform much of U.S. (borderland and postcolonial queer) cultural and literary studies today. There is the conflation of the fiction of narrative with the facts of our everyday ...


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pp. 149-157

Works Cited

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pp. 159-168


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pp. 169-176

E-ISBN-13: 9780292796584
E-ISBN-10: 0292796587
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292706897
Print-ISBN-10: 0292706898

Page Count: 186
Publication Year: 2005

OCLC Number: 62746185
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Brown on Brown

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  • Gender identity in literature.
  • Ethnicity in literature.
  • Gays' writings, American -- History and criticism.
  • Homosexuality and literature -- United States.
  • American literature -- Mexican American authors -- History and criticism.
  • Mexican American gays -- Intellectual life.
  • Sex role in literature
  • Gays in literature.
  • Mexican Americans -- Intellectual life.
  • Mexican Americans in literature.
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