Societal Constructions of Masculinity in Latinx and Latin American Literature
Patriarchy, as defined by bell hooks, is a social disease. Hegemonic masculinity does not allow men to express their emotions, except through anger, violence and sex. Consequently, all who are in a relationship with men (parents, children, spouses, lovers, siblings, colleagues and friends) are likely to suffer from the manifestations of hegemonic masculine behavior, including the men themselves who must constantly repress their feelings.
Latinos and Latin American menstruggle against the cultural norms to which society dictates they must conform. This edited collection, tentatively titled Societal Constructions of Masculinity in Latinx and Latin American Literature: From Machismo to Feminist Masculinity is to demonstrate the breadth and range of how masculinity is constructed and deconstructed as a challenge or as a reinforcement of patriarchy.
Culturally, there is a shift happening—as some stereotypes are being enforced enthusiastically, others are voicing their support for a feminist masculinity. This project hopes to trace the development of how being masculine in a patriarchal society has begun to shift, albeit slowly, toward postpatriarchy, towards liberation from patriarchal constraints. The editors hope to contribute to this cultural shift towards wholeness, where all individuals, as well as all relationships, are successfully able to integrate the unhealthy aspects of what culture has taught and reinforced for centuries in relation to gender norms.
Representations of all kinds of masculinities are welcome: the ultra-macho, the masculinized woman, queer or transgendered. Representations of all types of relationships are also encouraged. Latinx authors from the United States as well as authors from Latin America and the Caribbean will be considered. The application of Gender, Feminist, or Queer Theory is encouraged.
Proposals dedicated to Latino/x and/or Latin American representations of masculinity in literature published in the 20th or 21st century are sought. Chapters must be written in English, while primary sources may be in English, Spanish or Spanglish. The deadline for proposals is January 18 2019, with completed manuscripts due July 12, 2019. The final word count for completed chapters is 6,000 to 7,000 words.