Latina Lesbians and the Power of Affect

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Abstract

This essay aims to contribute to the construction of affect theory within Latinx and Lesbian Studies through positioning emotional ties, rather than attributes related to identity or ideology, as the focus point of community building in narratives portraying Latina lesbians.

Building on Rosamond King’s (2014) assertion that community often functions as an aspect more vital than sexuality itself in the construction of lesbian characters, I propose that affective flows and exchanges enable strong connections between traditionally opposed arenas, links key to the integration and support of Latina lesbians within heteronormative hegemonic discourses. Depending on the text at hand, these loci may antagonize or support coalitions across national, political, religious, or racial boundaries. It follows that the article also helps configure a specifically Latina lesbian notion of affect, this in line with García-Rojas’s (2017) challenge to the assumption of White, heterosexual affects as universal.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLatinx literature in transition
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication statusIn preparation - 2023

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