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"Memory is all that Matters;" Queer Latinx Temporality and the Memory-Making Process

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My paper explores the incommensurability between chrononormativity and queer Latinx experience. The “seemingly ordinary bodily tempos and routines” which comprise the conventional markers of adulthood – college, career, marriage, children, death – anticipate a linear progress through life, but are constitutively inapplicable to both queer and Latinx identities in contemporary society (Freeman 3). In contrast to a chrononormative account of subjectivity, I posit and theorize memory as the more appropriate temporality for queer Latinx subjectivity, precisely because memory itself is a disruption of chrononormativity’s presupposition of linearity or progress. For, as Elizabeth Freeman states, “Queer temporalities… are points of resistance to this temporal order that, in turn, propose other possibilities for living in relation to indeterminately past, present, and future others: that is, of living historically” (xxii). Dwelling in the possibility of those queer temporalities is the work of memory. I explore memory’s importance in the works of Gloria Anzaldúa and Daisy Hernandez (respectively, Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza and A Cup of Water Under My Bed: a memoir), and in doing so, posit an approach to reading queer Latinx narratives which escapes the temporality of linear progression and makes room for the intersecting axes of queer and Latinx identities.
subject
Chrononormativity
Daisy Hernandez
Gloria Anzaldua
Latinx
Queer
Temporality
contributor
Caicedo, Laura (author)
Franco, Dean (committee chair)
Lee, Jieun (committee member)
Hena, Omaar (committee member)
date
2020-05-29T08:35:53Z (accessioned)
2020-05-29T08:35:53Z (available)
2020 (issued)
degree
English (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/96812 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
"Memory is all that Matters;" Queer Latinx Temporality and the Memory-Making Process
type
Thesis

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