Publication Date

4-15-2017

Advisor(s)

Patricia Hill, Amy Tang

Major

American Studies (AMST)

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

In this thesis, I work to provide a new framework for interpreting queer Chicano border literature. Much of the scholarly critique on the subject has simply sought to replicate the theoretical bent of the larger Chicano literary canon, an analysis that often fails in understanding the multiplicity of ways in which Queer racialized subjects navigate a space as fraught as the border. Thus, my goal is to incorporate other theoretical perspectives towards a new understanding of queer Chicano subjects in relation to the border. I analyze the work of two contemporary queer Chicano writers and the ways in which they represent the border and use it to subvert heteronormative discourses of identity, belonging, and home.

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