LGBTQ Studies 188: The Lost Syllabus: Gay Latino Literature and HIV/AIDS
Instructor: Omar González, M.A.
This course is founded upon the works on two of the foundational theorists of Chicana lesbian feminism—Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga—as a method to contextualize the history of the movement against HIV/AIDS and the creative writings by queer Latino authors broaching the still-stigmatized subject, supported by peer-reviewed articles by queer Latino scholars. Based on archival research I have conducted, Anzaldúa was very concerned by the fate of her queer brethren, especially those afflicted by AIDS. Moreover, Moraga’s landmark essay, “Queer Aztlán: Re-formation of Chicano Tribe,” references the epidemic and a hidden history—the heroic activism of queer womyn of color who cared for HIV+ gay men, often leading the struggle. The class focuses on the (few) creative writings by queer Latino men who write about HIV from a personal perspective (Gil Cuadros’ City of God), as literature (John Rechy’s The Coming of the Night), and from a scholarly viewpoint (Rafael M. Díaz’s Latino Gay Men and HIV: Culture, Sexuality, and Risk Behavior). My objective is to engage the students in this critical vein of queer Latinx literature, as HIV seroconversion rates for queer PoC continue unabated.
The Coming of the Night John Rechy
City of God Gil Cuadros
Lay Your Sleeping Head Michael Nava
Before Night Falls Reinaldo Arenas
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic (2007 edition) Randy Shilts
Queer in Aztlan: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out Eds. Adelaida del Castillo & Gibran Guido