Reading Chican@ Like a Queer
The De-Mastery of Desire
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Texas Press
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Reading Chican@ Like a Queer has a rhizomatic formation. The metaphor of a plantâs subterranean rootsâcreeping this way and that, forking here and there, but always working to feed what is above groundâstrikes me as the best way to index how this book is rooted in a multiplicity of radically different...
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THE GROWING DISSATISFACTION over the past twenty-five years with monological and monocausal approaches to subjectivity and power has motivated some of the most powerful experiential creative writings by women of color, such as those included in the edited...
1. Making Familia from Racialized Sexuality
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IN HER SHORT PROSE PIECE entitled âThe Slow Dance,â Cherríe Moraga comes as close as she has ever come to offering a âcoming-outâ story. The piece is a carefully crafted tribute to butch/femme desire that centers on Moraga remembering her enthrallment over watching two women...
2. Fixing Up the House of Race with Richard Rodriguez
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IN A 1999 INTERVIEW with Timothy S. Sedore, the powerful Mexican American public intellectual Richard Rodriguez makes an unlikely confession. Radically departing from the calculated indifference with which he customarily responds to critics of his controversial autobiography,...
3. Queering the Conquest with Ana Castillo
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IN A LETTER WRITTEN to Ana Castillo on 1 January 1979, Nicolás Kanellos, then editor of the Revista Chicano-Riqueña, provided critical feedback on her manuscript of erotic poetry and prose pieces that would be published later that year as The Invitation.1 âThe book looks very good,â he wrote. âI...
4. Américo Paredes and the De-Mastery of Desire
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THIS CHAPTER MOVES BACK in time to reconsider, from the vantage point of post-1980s Chicana feminist and queer imaginaries, the work of a Chicano writer who is widely considered to be the âfatherâ of Chicano letters, the late âDonâ Américo Paredes (1915â1999). Although...
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NOTABLY ABSENT IN THE preceding chapters is a stable, masterful definition of racialized sexuality. I have attempted instead to emphasize the unpredictable, polymorphous, and often contradictory representations of the mutual constitution of racialization and...
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Page Count: 183
Publication Year: 2010