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Rethinking Marginality in New Queer Television
  • ISSN: 2055-5695
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Abstract

This article analyses the messy queer relationships that shape in Tanya Saracho’s show, It highlights how the show reckons with mess as an affective structure in the lives of queer Latinx subjects, whose racialized sexualities and genders produce intricate subject positions from which to negotiate power. By offering ‘messy queer ’ as an analytic paradigm, the article tracks the ways in which pleasure, desire, shame and melancholia converge and diverge in the storylines of the two Chicana protagonists, Emma and Lyn. I suggest that tells a messy story about queer Latinx lives, and purposefully so, in order to shine light on messy relations of power. Analysing the manifestation of ghosts, queer kinship practices, the glimmers and wonders of a , and melancholic mother-daughter relations, I argue that ’s characters make space within for queerness to thrive.

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2022-06-01
2024-02-25
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Keyword(s): Chicanx; Latinx; loss; queer; queerceañera; racialized sexuality
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