Capturing Mariposas: Reading Cultural Schema in Gay Chicano Literature (Cognitive Approaches to Culture) (Paperback)

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Gay Chicano/Latinx literature often holds an intensely personal meaning for its readers, sometimes being the first artistic expression encountered that affirms their own identity as a double minority in a world that is frequently hostile to both. Nevertheless, much of the academic discourse surrounding this body of literature has overlooked how critical audience reaction can be in this inherently political genre, instead seeing the power of a work as resting within the piece itself.
In Capturing Mariposas: Reading Cultural Schema in Gay Chicano Literature, Doug P. Bush looks at the book as only the beginning, considering how this literature has the power to bring understanding to disparate groups, speak truth about repressed sexuality and repressive communities, and recast traditional spaces as ones of inclusion, all through the idea of the cultural schema. Integrating elements of narratology and cognitive studies of literature, the cultural schema speaks to how these authors challenge, reaffirm, and transform commonly held experiences of gay Chicanos—or potentially any audience who reads their works. Focusing on twenty-first-century writers such as Manuel Muñoz, Rigoberto González, and Alex Espinoza, Bush examines the cultural schema of their works and then moves toward a more holistic discussion of the publishing and political implications of this genre. In addition to Bush’s important scholarship, the book includes extensive interviews with the authors themselves.

About the Author

Doug P. Bush is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Converse College.

Praise For…

“This book stands to be a significant contribution to the growing field of Jotería studies and other area studies: literary studies, gender studies, Chicanx and Latinx studies, and queer theory.” —Daniel Enrique Pérez, author of Rethinking Chicana/o and Latina/o Popular Culture

“With great clarity of thought and an engaging prose style, Bush demonstrates just how illuminating a cognitive studies approach to minority literature can be. Combining author interviews with impressive scholarship, he makes a compelling case for presenting and reading gay Chicano literature as a distinct genre.” —Michael Nieto Garcia, author of Autobiography in Black and Brown
Product Details
ISBN: 9780814255179
ISBN-10: 0814255175
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication Date: September 4th, 2021
Pages: 196
Language: English
Series: Cognitive Approaches to Culture