Accessible Citizenships. Disability, Nation, and the by Julie Avril Minich PDF

By Julie Avril Minich

Accessible Citizenships examines Chicana/o cultural representations that conceptualize political neighborhood via photos of incapacity. operating opposed to the belief that incapacity is a metaphor for social decay or political obstacle, Julie Avril Minich analyzes literature, movie, and visible artwork post-1980 within which representations of non-normative our bodies paintings to extend our realizing of what it ability to belong to a political community.
 
Minich exhibits how queer writers like Arturo Islas and Cherríe Moraga have reconceptualized Chicano nationalism via incapacity photos. She extra addresses how the U.S.-Mexico border and disabled our bodies limit freedom and circulation. ultimately, she confronts the altering position of the countryside within the face of neoliberalism as depicted in novels by means of Ana Castillo and Cecile Pineda. 
 
Accessible Citizenships illustrates how those works gesture in the direction of much less exclusionary types of citizenship and nationalism. Minich boldly argues that the corporeal photos used to depict nationwide belonging have vital outcomes for a way the rights and merits of citizenship are understood and distributed.

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Although she acknowledges flexibility as “the modus operandi of late capitalism” (3) and notes that late capitalism promotes an enormous power differential between “mobile and nonmobile subjects” (11), her theory remains most useful for describing subjects with a relatively high degree of mobility. By contrast, people with disabilities, people of color, those Ngai calls alien citizens, and the undocumented are not merely “nonmobile subjects” but are subjects actively immobilized by the disempowering and discriminatory sociopolitical landscapes they navigate.

Chapter Two, “‘My Country Was Not Like That’:’ Cherríe Moraga, Felicia Luna Lemus, and National Failure” examines Cherríe Moraga’s play The Hungry Woman (2001) and Felicia Luna Lemus’s novel Like Son (2007). These texts constitute a “cripping” of Queer Aztlán that provides a more nuanced, accountable nationalism than what is offered in Moraga’s initial elaboration of the concept, suggesting that disability plays a crucial, yet unexamined, role in the theoretical constitution of Queer Aztlán. -Mexico border is discursively tied to disability in ways that are both theoretically generative and politically dangerous.

They show his commitment to forging a new space alongside Alurista and his contemporaries in the Chicana/o literary canon, not only for himself but also for the students he mentors. These Miquiztli essays thus illuminate the vision of Chicana/o community and cultural family that emerges from Islas’s novels. Given Islas’s tense relationships with the writers of his day who were most visibly aligned with Chicano nationalism, critics generally do not interpret his work as nationalist or describe Islas as a Chicano Movement writer.

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