Performing Mexicanidad (Chicana Matters) by Laura G. Gutiérrez

By Laura G. Gutiérrez

utilizing interdisciplinary functionality reviews and cultural experiences frameworks, Laura G. Gutiérrez examines the cultural illustration of queer sexuality within the modern cultural construction of Mexican lady and Chicana functionality and visible artists. particularly, she locates the analytical lenses of feminist thought and queer thought in a vital place to interrogate Mexican lady dissident sexualities in transnational public culture.This is the 1st book-length research to wed functionality reviews and queer thought in reading the performative/performance paintings of significant modern Mexicana and Chicana cultural staff. It proposes that the creations of a number of vital artists—Chicana visible artist Alma López; the Mexican political cabareteras Astrid Hadad, Jesusa Rodríguez, Liliana Felipe, and Regina Orozco; the Chicana functionality artist Nao Bustamante; and the Mexican video artist Ximena Cuevas—unsettle heterosexual nationwide tradition. In doing so, they don't seem to be simply demanding heterosexist and nationalist discourses head-on, yet also are engaging within the building of a queer world-making undertaking. Treating the inspiration of dis-comfort as a effective type in those initiatives advances feminist and queer theories through providing an insightful serious stream suggesting that queer worlds are concurrently areas of wish, worry, and desire. Gutiérrez demonstrates how arenas previously closed to woman performers are actually delivering either an inventive outlet and a strong political instrument that crosses not just geographic borders yet social, sexual, political, and sophistication obstacles besides, and deconstructs the relationships between media, hierarchies of energy, and the cultures of privilege.

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