Sexualities in US Latinx and Latin American Literature

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September 25, 2020
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Please submit abstracts directly to for this panel with traditional 15 or 20 minute papers for the

52nd NeMLA ConventionPhiladelphia, PA |  March 11 - 14, 2021

Terms, such as joto, loca, lo sucio, or transgendered challenge capitalism as sex and its counterpart, reproduction, no longer result in offspring, or citizens to uphold a capitalist society. Members of the LGBTQ+ community and the terms used to label them by the establishment exist to contain and control as their behavior is considered dangerous for "civilization." For this panel, I invite papers that, through theoretical analysis, delve into how the portrayal of non-normative sexualities in US Latinx and Latin American literature resist, contest, and subvert capitalism. The significance of this research continues to open the borders to rebel against heteronormative sexualities and the limits placed upon human beings, especially those considered deviant or inferior by the State and its economic counterpart, capitalism.

Suggested topics include the relationship between sexuality and space, non-normative desire, gender as performance, and Caribbean versus continental sexualities. Specifically, papers that address two to three works of one author or that compare/contrast two to three works of different authors are sought for a panel at the Philadelphia NeMLA 2021.


Thank you!