In this brief feel-piece, Sandra K. Soto feels her way around some of the “flickering recognition” that sparked her love of José Esteban Muñoz and his wildly original and audacious efforts to read brown embodiment, wit, and affect through a non- (but never anti-) identitarian lens. Loss and grief—which underpin this rumination—enable the kind of slow and intimate reading that Muñoz’s ephemeral experiments with brownness demand.
Feel Lags (for José)
Sandra K. Soto is an associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona, former editor of Feminist Formations, associate editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latina and Latino Literature, and author of Reading Chican@ Like a Queer: The De-Mastery of Desire (University of Texas Press, 2010). Her research and teaching interests focus on Chicanx and Latinx literary and cultural studies, feminist theory, gender studies, critical transnational feminist studies, and queer theory. She is currently working on a book titled Feeling Greater Mexico.
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Sandra K. Soto; Feel Lags (for José). Feminist Media Histories 1 April 2021; 7 (2): 21–29. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2021.7.2.21
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