Juan Carlos is an Instructor of Spanish Language and Literature at Kwantlen
Polytechnic University in the greater Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. He
holds a PhD in Hispanic Studies from The University of Western Ontario with a
specialization in Mexican Literature that deals with the topic of male homosexuality. His
doctoral dissertation 'El espacio torcido en la narrativa mexicana de temática
homosexual: 1977-1997' examines how the narratives of Raúl Rodríguez Cetina, Luis
Zapata, Mario Bellatin, and Gerardo Guiza Lemus recreate what he calls 'Espacio
Torcido' (Queer Space) in which they aim (some more than others) at questioning and
deconstructing the values of the heteronormative system: ambiguity, pleasure, rupture,
and the quest for legitimacy compose this space. While each author takes a different
approach, it can be said that they all participate in the construction of the history of
the gay community in Mexico as seen in the latter part of the XX century: 1977-1997. Juan
Carlos also holds a B.A (2006) with a double major in Spanish and English, and M.A
(2009)in Spanish Language and Literature from Texas A&M University-Commerce. His
research interests focus on Latin American Literature, with emphasis on issues of gender
and construction of sexual identity and queer studies. Should you have any questions
pertaining to his research, do not hesitate to get in touch with him. 

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

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Entre la efervescencia y la ruptura de un espacio de placer en Salón de belleza de Mario Bellatin, Andex. Revista de Estudios Literarios y Culturales. Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Sede Ecuador (2014)

Este articulo analiza la novela Salón de belleza (1994) de Mario Bellatin desde un punto...

 

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Una mirada histórica y cultural del movimiento LGBTTTI mexicano, Romance Notes. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2014)
 

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La creación de la comunidad gay en la escritura de Raúl Rodríguez Cetina, Hipertexto: Online Journal of The University of Texas-Pan American (2013)
 

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Identificación, deseo y prostitución en El desconocido de Raúl Rodríguez Cetina, Divergencias: Revista de Estudios lingüísticos y literarios de la Universidad de Arizona (2012)
 

Invited Talks Presenter

Rethinking Gender: Mema's House, Mexico City: On Transvestites, Queens, and Machos, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Department of Anthropology (2015)
 

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Queer Mexico: Reflections on Literature, History, and Culture, KPU Faculty of Arts Speaker Series 3 (2015)
 

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¿Qué hay detrás de los personajes gays en la literatura mexicana?, Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro Campus S.J.R (2014)
 

Conference Presentations

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Pégame pero no me dejes: la disputa entre el espacio buga y el gay en Quizás no entendí (1997) de Gerardo Guiza Lemus, Queering Paradigms V: Queering Narratives of Modernity. Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales FLACSO-Ecuador (2014)

Teniendo en cuenta el trasfondo del SIDA y “pasado el susto” como se expresara el...

 

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El relato autobiográfico en la novela gay mexicana: el caso de Raúl Rodríguez Cetina, XLIX Congreso de la Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas - University of Victoria (2013)