Rethinking Chicana/o and Latina/o Popular Culture

Hardcover | December 18, 2009

byD. Pérez

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In this book, Daniel Enrique Pérez examines the various ways queer identities are represented in Chicana/o and Latina/o cultural texts. Through a gender, ethnicity, and sexuality lens, he demonstrates that queer Chicana/o and Latina/o identities are much more prevalent in cultural production than most people think. He argues that the representation of queer identities goes well beyond gay Chicana/o and Latina/o stereotypes: maricones, jotos, and marimachas. Macho men, the Latin lover, Pocho, Real Women Have Curves, Selena, and several other characters and texts are also queer. By claiming such a variety of characters and texts as queer, he erases that infamous forward slash that tends to be drawn between the terms straight and gay while expanding the breadth of queer representation in cultural production.

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In this book, Daniel Enrique Pérez examines the various ways queer identities are represented in Chicana/o and Latina/o cultural texts. Through a gender, ethnicity, and sexuality lens, he demonstrates that queer Chicana/o and Latina/o identities are much more prevalent in cultural production than most people think. He argues that the r...

Daniel Enrique Pérez is Assistant Professor of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, Chair of Ethnic Studies, and Faculty Associate of Gender, Race, and Identity Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.      

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:212 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.02 inPublished:December 18, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230616062

ISBN - 13:9780230616066

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Queer Chicano/Latino Bodies: Rethinking Gay Chicano/Latino Identities * Violent Sexualities: Queering the Chicana/o and Latina/o Body Through Violence * La Movie Rara: How and Why Chicana/o and Latina/o Films are Queer * Conclusion

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“Daniel Enrique Pérez is a titan of Jotería Studies. He blasts the canon to show that the sexual identity of Latinos is far less stable than is conventionally thought.”—Ilán Stavans, Author of The Hispanic Condition and On Borrowed Words