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ERIC Number: EJ760975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0005-2604
"My Bones Shine in the Dark": AIDS and the De-Scription of Chicano Queer in the Work of Gil Cuadros
Allatson, Paul
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, v32 n1 p23-52 Spr 2007
The autobiographically modulated poetry and prose collection "City of God" (1994) and other published works by the late Gil Cuadros (1962-96) survive as an important set of AIDS testimonials, the first of their kind in Chicano literary production. This paper explores Cuadros's preoccupation with processes of identificatory signification and corporeal scripting. I regard his writings as a sustained textual response to the multiple signifying systems that battle over the Chicano queer body, which is always an ambivalently U.S. body, and, in his texts, a body living and dying with AIDS as well. Accordingly, my main interest lies in plotting how Cuadros's work confronts and evades the sociocultural imperative to make of the queer Chicano subject a body that can be read, known, and potentially punished. (Contains 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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