Race and Identities in Latinx Representations in Literature and Film

(Panel)


Cultural Studies and Media Studies / American/Diaspora

Jose Lara (Bridgewater State University)

Most cultural representations of the Latinx community produced in the United States have historically reduced this population to stereotypes or caricatures. Nevertheless, there is a new wave of cultural phenomena (literature, films, tv series, etc.) that has not only challenged these exaggerated and erroneous representations but has also sought to breathe complexity into real Latinx subjectivities and experiences. This panel welcomes essays that discuss new forms and interpretations of the histories and traditions of the Latinx communities present in literature and film. We are particularly interested in works that delve into the intersections of race and identity in Latinx production and self/representation. In doing so, we hope to nuance the meaning of “Latinx” and further complicate the constructed concepts of race and identity within a Latinx framework. Proposed papers may focus but are not limited to the following: Afro-Latinx, Indigenous, and multi-raced experiences; Latinx and LGBTQ+ intersections and narratives; beyond the White/Black US dichotomy in Latinx communities; different genders and gendered voices in Latinx representations; and demonstrations of resistance and reinvention by Latinx peoples.

Papers that are interdisciplinary in nature and that employ theoretical modes such as critical race studies, gender studies, literary and cultural studies are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

This panel welcomes essays that discuss new forms and interpretations of the histories and traditions of the Latinx communities present in literature and film. We are particularly interested in works that delve into the intersections of race and identity in Latinx production and self/representation.