Societal Constructions of Masculinity in Chicanx and Mexican Literature

From Machismo to Feminist Masculinity

Bryan R. Pearce-Gonzales, Kathryn Quinn-Sanchez (Eds.)

by Fernando Hernández Jáuregui (Cal State University), Leigh Johnson (Marymount University), Carmen Patricia Tovar (Oberlin College), Alejandro Puga (DePauw University), Kathryn Quinn-Sanchez (Georgian Court University), Bryan R. Pearce-Gonzales (Shenandoah University), Jessica Brocklesby (Queen Mary University of London), Joshua D. Martin (University of North Georgia)

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“Societal Constructions of Masculinity in Chicanx and Mexican Literature: From Machismo to Feminist Masculinity” brings together well-argued essays that range from the mid 20th century to the contemporary times, providing readers with a long enough continuum to see the changing representations of “masculinity.” Unlike critical collections, which tend to focus on either side of the national border, this volume includes essays on Mexican and Chicanx cultural texts, which allows for a broader readership interested in Mexican, Greater Mexican, and Chicanx Studies. This will also be of interest to scholars of comparative studies of Latin American literature and culture.

Professor Amrita Das
Department of World Languages and Cultures
University of North Carolina Wilmington

'Societal Constructions of Masculinity in Chicanx and Mexican Literature: From Machismo to Feminist Masculinity' demonstrates how masculinity has been constructed and deconstructed as a challenge or reinforcement of patriarchy in cultural works over the last 50 years. The discussion therein focuses on the cultural shift towards a feminist masculinity and how this change is represented in Chicanx and Mexican literature and Mexican telenovelas.

The book begins with how violence, citizenship, and masculinity become intertwined as patriarchy fights, both literally and figuratively, to regain the ground it lost to women's agency during WWII. It explores the author's subversion of the status quo through imagining a new aesthetic based on a poetic masculinity which highlights new forms of social relations that validate new masculinities. This is followed by examining texts from the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution that demonstrate how, by pairing the successes and failures of the nation with masculinity, one can see that as time progresses the very definition of what it signifies to be a Mexican male has been adapting along with the State. The book also explains how fatherhood has been represented in Chicanx literature and considers masculine relationships more broadly.

The analysis of the telenovelas in this volume indicates how homosexuality serves as the catalyst for a reconfiguring of gender narratives, ultimately leading to change and acceptance within Mexican society while providing an unequivocal look into the future of masculinity as it begins to overthrow its historical gender binaries.

This book will appeal to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals, both specialists and generalists, in fields including Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Comparative Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Latina/o Studies, Latin and American Studies, and Cultural Studies. Feminists and activists for human rights will also find this an interesting and valuable text.

Vinodh Venkatesh
Virginia Tech

Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez, Ph.D.
Georgian Court University
Bryan Pearce-Gonzales, Ph.D.
Shenandoah University

Chapter 1 Women’s Work: A Revision of Gender in Américo Paredes, José Antonio Villarreal, and Mario Suárez’s Fiction
Leigh Johnson
Marymount University

Chapter 2 Poetic Masculinity: Poetry as Counterhegemonic Subjectivity in Ricardo Castillo
Fernando Hernández Jáuregui
Cal State University

Chapter 3 What a Man Ought To Be: Villoro’s Awkward Macho in a Neoliberal Mexico
Carmen Patricia Tovar
Oberlin College
Alejandro Puga
DePauw University

Chapter 4 The Road to Feminist Masculinity and Freedom: Fathers as Patriarchs, Authors as Activists
Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
Georgian Court University

Chapter 5 ¿De tal palo, tal astilla? Chicano Masculinities and the Legacy of the Patriarchal Dividend in Two Chicanx Coming-of-Age Narratives
Bryan Pearce-Gonzales
Shenandoah University

Chapter 6 Machismo, Maricones and the Ethnicization of Masculinity in Telenovelas
Jess Brocklesby
Queen Mary University of London

Chapter 7 On the Border, In the Bar: Approaching Feminist Masculinities through Border Thinking in Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Joshua D. Martin
University of North Georgia

Chapter 8 Conclusions
Bryan Pearce-Gonzales
Shenandoah University
Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
Georgian Court University


Bryan Pearce-Gonzales is Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, USA. Dr. Pearce-Gonzales received his M.A. and his Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky. He is a specialist in 20th Century Latin American Literature with an emphasis on Chicanx Literature and Culture and has recently published critical essays on Chicanx autobiography and fiction. Professor Pearce-Gonzales is a member of the Executive Committee of the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Association which holds an annual conference as well as publishes a journal.

Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez is Professor at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, USA, where she teaches a variety of courses on Latin American and Latinx literature, culture, and the Spanish language. She received her M.A. from Middlebury College through their graduate program in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Quinn-Sánchez earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA. She serves as co-editor of the online, peer-reviewed, scholarly, and creative e-journal Label Me Latina/o. In addition to publishing several articles in the field of literary criticism, Professor Quinn-Sánchez has authored A Literary and Political History of Post-Revolutionary Mexico: Redefining "The Ideal" (2006) as well as Identity in Latin American and Latina Literature: The Struggle to Self-Define in a Global Era Where Space, Capitalism, and Power Rule (2014). In 2015, her edited collection of critical essays was published under the title Negotiating Latinidades, Understanding Identities within Space.

Masculinity, Hyper-masculinity, Machismo, Feminist-Patriarchy, Patriarchy, Gender Identity, Non-normative Masculinity, Mexican Masculinity, Chicanx Masculinity

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Bibliographic Information

Book Title
Societal Constructions of Masculinity in Chicanx and Mexican Literature
Book Subtitle
From Machismo to Feminist Masculinity
Number of pages
Physical size
236mm x 160mm
Publication date
February 2022