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In the Mexican Catholic tradition, retablos are ornamental structures made of carved wood framing an oil painting of a devotional image, usually a patron saint. Acclaimed author and essayist Rigoberto González commemorates the passion and the pain of these carvings in his new volume Red-Inked Retablos, a moving memoir of human experience and thought.

This frank new collection masterfully combines accounts from González’s personal life with reflections on writers who have influenced him. The collection offers an in-depth meditation on the development of gay Chicano literature and the responsibilities of the Chicana/o writer.

Widely acclaimed for giving a voice to the Chicano GLBT community, González’s writing spans a wide range of genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and bilingual books for children and young adults. Introduced by Women’s Studies professor Maythee Rojas, Retablos collects thirteen pieces that together provide a narrative of González’s life from his childhood through his career as a writer, critic, and mentor.

 

In Red-Inked Retablos, González continues to expand his oeuvre on mariposa (literally, “butterfly”) memory, a genre he pioneered in which Chicano/a writers openly address non-traditional sexuality. For González, mariposa memory is important testimony not only about reconfiguring personal identity in relation to masculinity, culture, and religion. It’s also about highlighting values like education, shaping a sex-positive discourse, and exercising agency through a public voice. It’s about making the queer experience a Chicano experience and the Chicano experience a queer one.

Review:

"A sharp collection of 13 pieces — personal essays, literary criticism, and speeches — this book pleasantly mixes lyricism with clear-eyed frankness. Poet Gonzテ‛テつ。lez, author of the memoir Butterfly Boy, writes beautifully and searingly about his experiences as a gay Latino, and the work of his fellow queer and Latina/o writers. It's to Gonzテ‛テつ。lez's credit that his essays and literary criticism share similarities, intelligently analyzing his own experiences in the former, and foregrounding the raw connections people have with books in the latter. The critical essays focus on fellow Latina/o poets and queer poets — often those who have died — and he refreshingly embraces his connection with them both as a reader and, sometimes as a colleague and friend. The speeches carry a fiercer tone coupled with a call-to-arms piece for queer Latina/os. The end of the book makes an articulate and beautifully unapologetic case for art and activism from his two communities, queer and Latina/o (and not letting them off the hook, Gonzテ‛テつ。lez criticizes each community for habitual exclusion of the other). In recounting his experiences and arguments, Gonzテ‛テつ。lez's voice finds a wonderful synergy, staying intimate, compassionate, and uncompromising. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

In the Mexican Catholic tradition, retablos are ornamental structures made of carved wood framing an oil painting of a devotional image, usually a patron saint. Acclaimed author and essayist Rigoberto González commemorates the passion and the pain of these carvings in his new volume Red-Inked Retablos, a moving memoir of human experience and thought. The collection offers an in-depth meditation on the development of gay Chicano literature and the responsibilities of the Chicana/o writer.

Synopsis:

This frank new collection masterfully combines accounts from Gonzálezs personal life with reflections on writers who have influenced him. The collection offers an in-depth meditation on the development of gay Chicano literature and the responsibilities of the Chicana/o writer.

About the Author

Rigoberto González is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose and is the editor of Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and winner of the American Book Award, The Poetry Center Book Award, and The Shelley Memorial Award of The Poetry Society of America. He is a contributing editor for Poets and Writers Magazine and a member of the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816521357
Author:
Gonzaalez, Rigoberto
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
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Subject:
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Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Camino del Sol
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Biography » Gay and Lesbian
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Essays
Gay and Lesbian » History and Social Science » History and Biographies
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General

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Product details 168 pages University of Arizona Press - English 9780816521357 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A sharp collection of 13 pieces — personal essays, literary criticism, and speeches — this book pleasantly mixes lyricism with clear-eyed frankness. Poet Gonzテ‛テつ。lez, author of the memoir Butterfly Boy, writes beautifully and searingly about his experiences as a gay Latino, and the work of his fellow queer and Latina/o writers. It's to Gonzテ‛テつ。lez's credit that his essays and literary criticism share similarities, intelligently analyzing his own experiences in the former, and foregrounding the raw connections people have with books in the latter. The critical essays focus on fellow Latina/o poets and queer poets — often those who have died — and he refreshingly embraces his connection with them both as a reader and, sometimes as a colleague and friend. The speeches carry a fiercer tone coupled with a call-to-arms piece for queer Latina/os. The end of the book makes an articulate and beautifully unapologetic case for art and activism from his two communities, queer and Latina/o (and not letting them off the hook, Gonzテ‛テつ。lez criticizes each community for habitual exclusion of the other). In recounting his experiences and arguments, Gonzテ‛テつ。lez's voice finds a wonderful synergy, staying intimate, compassionate, and uncompromising. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

In the Mexican Catholic tradition, retablos are ornamental structures made of carved wood framing an oil painting of a devotional image, usually a patron saint. Acclaimed author and essayist Rigoberto González commemorates the passion and the pain of these carvings in his new volume Red-Inked Retablos, a moving memoir of human experience and thought. The collection offers an in-depth meditation on the development of gay Chicano literature and the responsibilities of the Chicana/o writer.

"Synopsis" by ,
This frank new collection masterfully combines accounts from Gonzálezs personal life with reflections on writers who have influenced him. The collection offers an in-depth meditation on the development of gay Chicano literature and the responsibilities of the Chicana/o writer.
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