LGBTQ Representations of Sexualities within Latinx Literature

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September 30, 2019
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Panel ID #17905

Chair: Kathryn Quinn-Sanchez

Human beings express sexuality as individuals, yet society continues to enforce heteronormativity. This panel seeks papers that challenge this heteronormativity in Latinx novels written in English, Spanish or Spanglish from Latinx authors that reside either in Latin America or in the United States. Specifically, theoretical approaches that question the role of power in any guise or interrogate the status quo are welcome.

Historically, nations, institutions and families have labeled individuals with what could be termed as “ideal” traits or characteristics, and those that have been considered “less than ideal” or inferior suffer. However, 21st century literature allows for far more portrayals of those who have historically been relegated to the margins. Questioning the role of normativity will allow the panelists to discuss contemporary representations of gender and sexuality.

The significance of this panel is to broaden our understanding of LGBTQ representations of sexuality and gender within Latinx literature while simultaneously contributing to the removal of the taboo placed on such discussions within Latinx cultures.

Suggested topics may include the relationship between sexuality and space, non-normative desire, gender as performance, and Caribbean versus continental sexualities.

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