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The Wound Makes the Man: Transforming Chicano Masculinities

Event Type
academic, gender representation, lgbtq
Department of Latina/Latino Studies
1207 W Oregon St, Urbana, Room 103
Nov 20, 2019   4:00 pm  
Dr. Francisco J. Galarte

This lecture draws from Dr. Francisco J. Galarte's book manuscript, entitled Brown Transfigurations: Rethinking Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Chicanx and Latinx Studies. The lecture focuses on the figure of the Chicano/Latino FTM and focuses on unraveling the pervasive assumption that Chicano/Latino transmasculinities are invisible. The talk focuses on representations of transmasculinity within Queer Chicana and Chicana lesbian feminist cultural works, and psychological studies of transsexualism. The sources assembled reveal how the figure of the Chicano/Latino FTM and/or transsexual exist as pathologized, failed, and unimaginable subjects. I demonstrate how their bodies and narratives are often rendered as battlegrounds for shoring up claimes to racialized gender categories that bolster cultural nationalisms. Through close readings of selevted texts, I propose that the pathologized Chicano transsexual and/or Chicano FTM in actuality, transfigure Chicano masculinity. I argue that the expressiveness of the trans masculinity embodied by these subjects unravels hegemonic heteropatricarchal Chicano masculinity.

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