Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

CMAS Plática: Sandra K. Soto

Thu, September 30, 2010 | Texas Governors' Room (UNB 3.116), Texas Union, The University of Texas at Austin

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

“Reading Chican@ Like a Queer”

Chicana/o literary and cultural texts have long been approached through two overlapping presuppositions:  they offer instructive reflections of the material social processes that racialize and oppress peoples of Mexican descent living in the US;  they help constitute and mobilize an oppositional Chican@ public for politically contesting racism in the US.  What happens when these burdens of transparent reflection and of an identity politics squarely focused on race are lifted from the texts and from the readers/viewers?  When reflection is shattered?  When Chican@ representations thwart our desires for mastery (of knowledge, of agency)?  When what they offer up instead is the unknowable, unthinkable, unsayable?   In "Reading Chican@ Like a Queer" Sandra K. Soto, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona, revisits key texts with these questions in mind.

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies

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