Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Dr. Jean Braithwaite
Dr. Jose A. Rodriguez
This multi-genre thesis spans across nonfiction (Queer Monsters), poetry (Bruno & His Speaking Queers), and fiction (A Queer Empire Named Eden) in an attempt to break down the categorical control the hegemonic powers like to assert over not only the arts, but gender and sexuality as well. The creative pieces are unapologetically polemic tackling queer issues and the newfound surge in acceptance for queers across the United States. The creative works question how far queers should assimilate into a hegemonic system that was built with heteronormativity enshrined as one of its cornerstone pillars. The nonfiction piece tracks the author’s own coming out narrative, the poems wrap themselves around the persona character Bruno and his attempts to assimilate into the queer community, and the fiction piece serves as a warning about how opportunists can capitalize off of the queer movement.
University of Texas-Pan American