Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader

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Michael Hames-García, Ernesto Javier Martínez
Duke University Press, Apr 13, 2011 - Social Science - 360 pages
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The authors of the essays in this unique collection explore the lives and cultural contributions of gay Latino men in the United States, while also analyzing the political and theoretical stakes of gay Latino studies. In new essays and influential previously published pieces, Latino scholars based in American studies, ethnic studies, history, performance studies, and sociology consider gay Latino scholarly and cultural work in relation to mainstream gay, lesbian, and queer academic discourses and the broader field of Chicano and Latino studies. They also critique cultural explanations of gay Latino sexual identity and behavior, examine artistic representations of queer Latinidad, and celebrate the place of dance in gay Latino culture. Designed to stimulate dialogue, the collection pairs each essay with a critical response by a prominent Latino/a or Chicana/o scholar. Terms such as gay, identity, queer, and visibility are contested throughout the volume; the significance of these debates is often brought to the fore in the commentaries. The essays in Gay Latino Studies complement and overlap with the groundbreaking work of lesbians of color and critical race theorists, as well as queer theorists and gay and lesbian studies scholars. Taken together, they offer much-needed insight into the lives and perspectives of gay, bisexual, and queer Latinos, and they renew attention to the politics of identity and coalition.

Contributors. Tomás Almaguer, Luz Calvo, Lionel Cantú,, Daniel Contreras, Catriona Rueda Esquibel, Ramón García, Ramón A. Gutiérrez, Michael Hames-García, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, María Lugones, Ernesto J. Martínez, Paula M. L. Moya, José Esteban Muñoz, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Ricardo L. Ortiz, Daniel Enrique Pérez, Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, Richard T. Rodríguez, David Román, Horacio N. Roque Ramírez, Antonio Viego

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Queer Theory Revisited
19
Comment Its All in Having a History
46
Gay Shame Latinaand LatinoStyle
55
Comment Lawrence La FountainStokess Gay Shame Latina and LatinoStyle
81
The Place of Gay Male Chicano Literaturein Queer Chicanao Cultural Work
86
Comment Our Queer Kin
105
Carnal Knowledge
113
Feeling Brown
204
Comment Never Too Much
220
Manuel Muñoz and the Politics of Form
226
Comment Dancing with the DevilWhen the Devil Is Gay
250
Choreographies of Resistance
259
Comment Response to Choreographies of Resistance
281
Dance Liberation
286
Comment Dance with Me
311

Comment Entre Machos y Maricones
141
Entre HombresBetween Men
147
Comment The Material and Cultural Worlds of Latino Gay Men
168
Gay Latino Cultural Citizenship
175
Comment A Response to Gay Latino Cultural Citizenship
198
Bibliography
321
Contributors
349
Index
353
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Michael Hames-García is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon.

Ernesto Javier Martínez is Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and of Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon.

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