Fathers, Fathering, and Fatherhood: Queer Chicano/Mexicano Desire and Belonging
Adelaida R. Del Castillo and Gibrán Güido, Editors
Queer in Aztlan: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out.
Lambda Literary Awards Finalist
The editors invite submissions for possible inclusion in a collection of work that brings together work by queer/gay Chicanos/Mexicanos on their fathers, the act of fathering, and/or notions of fatherhood whether fathers were present or absent, accessible, inaccessible, engaged, disengaged, accepting or rejecting of sons. The collection will seek to answer: How do fathers, acts of fathering or notions of fatherhood mark the lived experience of queer/gay Chicano/Mexicano males? How are queer men’s lives and notions of manhood and/or masculinity shaped by “fathering” experiences or lack thereof? How do queer/gay Chicano/Mexicano men construct cultural and sexual identities that contest traditional notions of manhood and/or masculinity?
Unique and Noteworthy
The treatment of fatherhood as a publication topic pertaining to straight Chicano men alone is not yet commonplace in the literature; this qualifies as exceptional a book project on our topic, which in addition gives emphasis to queer/gay Chicano/Mexicano perspectives. The latter approach to fatherhood invites greater levels of complexity as seen through different lenses of Latino male sexuality, cultural traditions, and gender identities that have yet to be explored in published works. Also, because this is not an easy topic for many of our contributors to write about given the fear, anxiety, and disappointment that may arise, the editors hope the book will serve to inspire personal recollection, healing, growth and transformation for those engaged in this project as authors and for our audience.
The book is intended for a general readership and for use in Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Queer Studies, LGBT Studies, Men’s Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Latin American Studies courses.
Tasks for Contributors
We invite our contributions to be as raw, bold, straight-forwardly honest, and unapologetically daring as they please. You may want to consider answering some of the following questions or explore related matters when crafting your work:
- How was your father important to who you are today as a queer/gay individual?
- What did you personally experience as positive, negative, or ambivalent acts of fathering (male or female)?
- What were your experiences with your father or male parent figure given your queer/gay identity? These could be physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, spiritual, etc.
- What are your notions of fatherhood given your queer/gay identity?
- What role models influenced your childhood and adolescent experiences and contributed to how you constructed notions of fatherhood, manhood and/or masculinity?
- How do you construct a cultural and sexual identity that contests traditional notions of fatherhood, manhood, or masculinity?
- How do you handle or negotiate notions of masculinity based on your experiences with other men including a male parent?
- What practices, strategies or methodologies do you use to give voice to your queer/gay male identity?
The intended themes of this anthology are:
- Acts of fathering
- Notions of fatherhood
- Ideals of manhood
- Notions of masculinities
- HIV/AIDS and the role of fathers, fathering, fatherhood
- Male/female influences that contribute to notions of being a “man” AND father(s), fathering, fatherhood