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 where gender and sexuality studies are headed.
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 could include the relationship between sexuality and space, non-normative desire, gender as performance, and Caribbean versus continental sexualities.
Papers that address non-normative sexualities within Latinx literature are requested for a panel at the Boston NeMLA 2020. Please submit your abstract by September 30, 2019 to Kathryn Quinn-Sanchez at nemla.org.