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Books

 

2009         Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora.

         Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009.

 

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Queer Ricans is a study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Puerto Rican migration from a cultural studies perspective. The book includes discussions of the lives and cultural productions (literature, film, cartoons, dance, theater) of Luis Rafael Sánchez, Manuel Ramos Otero, Luz María Umpierre, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Rose Troche, Erika López, Arthur Avilés, and Elizabeth Marrero, and how factors such as place of birth, age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, class, and physical location affect Puerto Rican queer immigrant experience in the United States.

 

Reviews:

- Juan Pablo Rivera in Journal of Latin American Studies 44.2 (May 2012): 396-97;

- Urayoán Noel in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (St. Louis) 46.1 (Mar. 2012): 148-51;

- Vanessa Agard-Jones in New West Indian Guide 85.3-4 (2011): 247-58; (see review)

- Sandra K. Soto in GLQ 17.2 (2011): 441-43;

- Javier E. Laureano in Sargasso (2009-10) 1: 124-125;

- David William Foster in Intertexts 14.1 (Spring 2010): 66-68;

- Mathias J. Detamore in Gender, Place and Culture 17.6 (Dec. 2010): 791-92;

- Enrique Morales-Díaz in Latino(a) Research Review 7.3 (2009-2010): 157-60;

- Amy Dunckel-Graglia in Sexualities 13.4 (Aug. 2010): 535-536;

- Ed Chamberlain in Hispania 93.2 (June 2010): 327-328; (see review)

- Isel Rodríguez in e-misférica 6.2 (2010); (see review)

- Marivel T. Danielson in The Americas 66.4 (Apr. 2010): 586-88; (see review)

- NACLA Report on the Americas (Mar./Apr. 2010): 45.

- Charlie Vázquez in Zona Rosa Magazine 3 (Feb./Mar. 2010): 35; (see review)

- Doug Ireland in Gay City News 22 Feb. 2010; (see review)

- Daniel Torres in Chasqui 38.2 (Nov. 2009): 144-47.

 

Articles

- Carmen Graciela Díaz, “Embajador de los Queer Ricans, Primera Hora 11 Feb. 2010.

 

Also see interview in Charlie Vázquez: Meditations, video interview with Vivianne Schnitzer on Vimeo (in English and Spanish), and TEDxSanJuan video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books: in progress

 

Translocas and Transmachas: Trans Diasporic Puerto Rican Drag. Interdisciplinary performance studies project focusing on Puerto Rican and diasporic theater, performance, and activism since the 1960s, and on the links between cross-dressing, sex/gender modification, and physical displacement in a geographic zone marked by frequent migrations. I analyze the work of a number of contemporary performers and activists (Sylvia Rivera, Holly Woodlawn, Mario Móntez, Freddie Mercado, Jorge Merced, Eduardo Alegría, Javier Cardona, Fausto Fernós, Lady Catiria, Elizabeth Marrero, and Erika López, among others) and show how they destabilize (or, to the contrary, reify) dominant notions of gender and sexuality through their use of transvestism; how drag performance serves as a means to explore and critique issues of race, class, national identity, and migratory displacement; and how these performances at times posit a particular type of relationship between audiences and performers, one that has ritual-like, communal dimensions.

 

 

Edited Refereed Journals

 

2007         Co-editor (with Luis Aponte-Parés, Jossianna Arroyo, Elizabeth Crespo-Kebler, and Frances Negrón-Muntaner), Issue on Puerto Rican Queer Sexualities, CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 19.1 (Spring 2007). (see issue)

 

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Articles in Refereed Journals

 

2011         Translocas: Migration, Homosexuality, and Transvestism in Recent Puerto Rican Performance.” e-misférica 8.1 (2011). Electronic journal.

 

2011         (Spanish version) “Translocas: Migración, homosexualidad y transvestismo en el performance puertorriqueño reciente.” Trans. by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes. e-misférica 8.1 (2011). Electronic journal.

 

2011         (Portuguese version) “Translocas: migração, homossexualidade e transformismo na recente performance porto-riquenha.” Trans. by Pablo Assumpção Barros Costa. e-misférica 8.1 (2011). Electronic journal.

 

2009         Adoración de Lady Catiria: consumo, gasto y performance transpuertorriqueño en Nueva York.” Revista R-ed: arte, cultura visual y género [México] 0 (2009). Electronic journal.

 

2008         “Queer Diasporas, Boricua Lives: A Meditation on Sexile.” Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas 77 (Special Issue on Immigration and Culture) 41.2 (Fall 2008): 294-301.

 

2008         “Trans/Bolero/Drag/Migration: Music, Cultural Translation, and Diasporic Puerto Rican Theatricalities.” WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly (Special Issue on “Trans-”) 36.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2008): 190-209.

 

2007         “Queer Ducks, Puerto Rican Patos, and Jewish American Feygelekh: Birds and the Cultural Representation of Homosexuality.” CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 19.1 (Spring 2007): 192-229. (pdf)

 

2007         “Puerto Rican Queer Sexualities: Introduction” (with Luis Aponte-Parés, Jossianna Arroyo, Elizabeth Crespo-Kebler, and Frances Negrón-Muntaner). CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 19.1 (Spring 2007): 4-24. (pdf)

 

2006         “La política queer del espanglish.” Debate feminista [Mexico] 17.33 (Apr. 2006): 141-53. (pdf)

 

2005         “Pop-Shock: Shifting Representations of Diasporic Puerto Rican Women’s Queer Sexualities in U.S. Latina Cultural Texts.” Letras femeninas 31.1 (Summer 2005): 79-98.

 

2005         “Entre boleros, travestismos y migraciones translocales: Manuel Ramos Otero, Jorge Merced y El bolero fue mi ruina del Teatro Pregones del Bronx.” Revista Iberoamericana 71.212 (July-Sept. 2005): 887-907.

 

2004         “De sexilio(s) y diáspora(s) homosexual(es) latina(s): El caso de la cultura puertorriqueña y nuyorican ‘queer.’” Debate feminista [Mexico] 15.29 (Apr. 2004): 138-57. (pdf)

 

2002         De un pájaro, las dos alas: Travel Notes of a Queer Puerto Rican in Havana.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 8.1-2 (2002): 7-33.

         Reprinted (revised version): Thomas Glave, ed. Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008. 202-32.

 

2002         Metatextualidades voladoras.” (Sobre “De un pájaro las dos alas.”) La Habana Elegante 17 (Spring 2002).

 

1999         “1898 and the History of a Queer Puerto Rican Century: Gay Lives, Island Debates, and Diasporic Experience.” CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 11.1 (Fall 1999): 91-110.

         Earlier version: “1898 and the History of a Queer Puerto Rican Century: Imperialism, Diaspora, and Social Transformation.” David William Foster, ed. Chicano/Latino Homoerotic Identities. New York: Garland, 1999. 197-215.

 

Articles in Edited Volumes

 

2011         “Towards an Archive of Latina/o Queer Chicago: Art, Politics, and Social Performance.” (With Lourdes Torres and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera). Jill Austin and Jennifer Brier, eds. Out in Chicago: LGBT History at the Crossroads. Chicago: Chicago History Museum, 2011. 127-53.

 

2011         “Gay Shame, Latino/a Style: A Critique of White Queer Performativity.” Michael Hames-García and Ernesto J. Martínez, eds. Gay Male Latino Studies: A Critical Reader. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010. 55-80.  

 

2009         “Freddie Mercado y el travestismo radical: entre Doña Fela, Myrta Silva, gallo/gallina y muñeca esperpéntica.” Stephany Slaughter and Hortensia Moreno, ed. Representación y fronteras: el performance en los límites del género. Programa Universitario de Estudios de Género (PUEG), Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México (UNAM), 2009. 113-132.

 

2009         “Hacia una historia del cine y video puertorriqueño queer.” Luis Duno-Gottberg, ed. Miradas al margen: Reflexiones sobre el cine de América Latina y el Caribe [Gaze and Subalternity in Latin American and Caribbean Cinema]. Caracas: Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela, 2009. 135-55.

Revised version: Boletín del Archivo Nacional de Teatro y Cine Puertorriqueño, 7 (Jan. – June 2009): 79-87.

 

2005         “Cultures of the Puerto Rican Queer Diaspora.” Brad Epps, Keja Valens, and Bill Johnson González, eds. Passing Lines: Sexuality and Immigration. Cambridge, MA: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Harvard University Press, 2005. 275-309.

 

2004         “Naturezas Extravagantes: Sobre Patos Porto-Riquenhos, Veados Brasileiros, e Outros Bichos Raros.” Imagem e identidade: Estudos da homocultura. Denilson Lopes, Berenice Bento, Sérgio Aboud, and Wilton Garcia, eds. São Paulo: Nojosa Edições, 2004. 309-18.

 

2003         “Tomboy Tantrums and Queer Infatuations: Reading Lesbianism in Magali García Ramis’s Felices días, tío Sergio.” Lourdes Torres and Inmaculada Pertusa-Seva, eds. Tortilleras: Hispanic and U.S. Latina Lesbian Expression. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003. 47-67.

 

2002         “Dancing La Vida Loca: The Queer Nuyorican Performances of Arthur Avilés and Elizabeth Marrero.” Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé and Martin Manalansan, IV, eds. Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism. New York: New York University Press, 2002. 162-75.

 

2001         “Creación colectiva y vanguardia performativa en Puerto Rico: Tres casos notables.” Cultural (con)Fusion? [TransCaribbean Performance and Performers]. Symposium IV Caribe 2000. Lowell Fiet and Janette Becerra, eds. Río Piedras: Sargasso/Caribe 2000 and Universidad de Puerto Rico, 2001. 67-84.

 

2000         “Leyendo el secreto abierto: ‘Simón el mago’, Frutos de mi tierra y Tomás Carrasquilla.” Flor María Rodríguez-Arenas, ed. Tomás Carrasquilla: Nuevas aproximaciones críticas. Medellín: Editorial Universidad de Antioquia, 2000. 98-138.

 

1994         “Madres ‘varoniles’ y otras confusiones sexuales: Hacia una tipología de lo femenino en los Comentarios Reales.” Selected proceedings of the Second Columbia University Graduate Conference on Spanish and Portuguese Literatures (New York, Mar. 1993): Literature and Society: Centers and Margins, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Columbia University, New York, 1994. 71-83.

 

 

Encyclopedia and Textbook Entries

 

2008         “Álvarez, Aldo.” Encyclopedia of Hispanic American Literature. Luz Elena Ramírez, ed. Part of the Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Literature. New York: Facts on File, 2008. 13-15.

 

2008         “Latino Gay Literature.” Encyclopedia of Hispanic American Literature. Luz Elena Ramírez, ed. Part of the Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Literature. New York: Facts on File, 2008. 195-97.

 

2006         “Arroyo, Rane.” Headnotes and poem selection. Heath Anthology of American Literature, Volume E: Contemporary Period (1945 to the Present), Fifth Ed. Paul Lauter, general ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. 2989-90.

 

2006         “Arroyo, Rane.” Instructor notes. Heath Anthology of American Literature: Instructor’s Guide. Fifth Ed. Paul Lauter, general ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. 1002-04.

 

2006         “Esteves, Sandra María and Luz María Umpierre: A Poetry Exchange.” Headnotes and poetry selection. Heath Anthology of American Literature, Volume E: Contemporary Period (1945 to the Present), Fifth Ed. Paul Lauter, general ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. 2847-49.

 

2006         “Esteves, Sandra María and Luz María Umpierre: A Poetry Exchange.” Instructor notes. Heath Anthology of American Literature: Instructor’s Guide. Fifth Ed. Paul Lauter, general ed. 2006. 948-53.

 

2005         “Loisaida.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Vol. 3. Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González, co-editors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 6-7.

 

2005         “Martin, Ricky.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Vol. 3. Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González, co-editors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 73-75.

 

2005         “Puerto Rican Day Parade.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Vol. 3. Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González, co-editors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 489-90.

 

2005         “Stonewall Movement.” Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States. Vol. 4. Ilan Stavans, Editor in Chief. Danbury, CT: Grolier, 2005. 150-51.

 

2004         “Puerto Rico.” Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America. Vol. 2: H.D. to Queer Theory. Marc Stein, Editor in Chief. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004. 465-67.

 

2004         “Ramos Otero, Manuel.” Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America. Vol. 3: Race to Zulma. Marc Stein, Editor in Chief. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004. 16-17.

 

 

Book and Film Reviews

 

2013         Review of Race and Sex in Latin America (London: Pluto Press, 2009) by Peter Wade. New West Indian Guide 87.1&2 (forthcoming 2013).

 

2013         Review of Thiefing Sugar: Eroticism Between Women in Caribbean Literature (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010) by Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley. GLQ (forthcoming 2013).

 

2011         Review of Trans/Acting: Latin American and Latino Performing Arts (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2009) by Jacqueline Bixler and Laurietz Seda. eds. Latin American Literary Review 39.78 (July-Dec. 2011): 123-25.

 

2008         Cuerpo, otredad y conocimiento: la nueva ola de crítica gay, lésbica y queer.” Claridad [San Juan, PR] 14 Nov. 2008.

 

2008         Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay (Dir. Eric Slade. 57 min. Frameline, 2001). Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies, Guide to Documentary Films, LGBT, www.filmandhistory.org. Accepted (July 2007), published (Feb. 2008).

 

2007         Boricua Literature: A Literary History of the Puerto Rican Diaspora (New York: New York University Press, 2001) by Lisa Sánchez González. Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 11 (2007): 232-34. [Published May 2008]

 

2007         Queer Migrations: Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border Crossings (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005) by Eithne Luibhéid, Lionel Cantú, Jr., eds. The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History [Academy of American Franciscan History, Washington, D.C.] 63.4 (Apr. 2007): 671-72.

 

2007         Mariconerías: escritos desde el margen (San Juan: Isla Negra Editores, 2006) by Daniel Torres. Claridad [San Juan, PR] 1-7 Mar. 2007: 18. Reprinted in Luciérnaga 4.11 (May-Aug. 2007): 48-51.

 

2006         Review Essay, El fin del reino de lo propio: ensayos de antropología cultural (México: Siglo Veintiuno Editores, Gobierno del Estado Libre y Soberano de Quintana Roo, 2004) by María Isabel Quiñones Arocho; Las prácticas de la carne: construcción y representación de las masculinidades puertorriqueñas (San Juan: Ediciones Vértigo, 2004) by Félix Jiménez; Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (New York: New York University Press, 2004) by Frances Negrón-Muntaner; and Desde la orilla: hacia una nacionalidad sin desalojos (Santo Domingo: Editora Manatí, Ediciones Librería La Trinitaria, 2004), edited by Silvio Torres-Saillant, Ramona Hernández, and Blas Jiménez. Revista Iberoamericana 72.215-216 (Apr.-June 2006): 699-712.

 

1998         Mema’s House, Mexico City: On Transvestites, Queens, and Machos (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1998) by Annick Prieur. NACLA Review of the Americas 31.4 (Jan.-Feb. 1998): 48.

 

 

Theater and Performance Reviews

 

2011         Esquina Periferia de Eduardo Alegría.” Claridad, Suplemento En Rojo [San Juan, PR], 9-15 June 2011.

 

2011         (as Lola von Miramar) “Translocas.” Claridad, Suplemento En Rojo [San Juan, PR], 2-8 June 2011: 22.

 

2011         dios en el Playgirl de noviembre.” Claridad, Suplemento En Rojo [San Juan, PR], 19-25 May 2011: 20. Reprinted in Contratiempo [Chicago] 86 (July-August 2011): 5.

 

2010         Miss Coco Peru’s Star Shines Bright in the Midwest.” Feast of Fun 24 Aug. 2010 (online)

 

2009         Aloha Boricua.” Claridad, Suplemento En Rojo [San Juan, PR], 10-16 Dec. 2009: 20.

 

2009         Las facultades de Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya.” Claridad, Suplemento En Rojo [San Juan, PR], 9-15 July 2009.

 

2008         “Come on Down to the Boogie-Down Bad BAAD! Bronx.” Ollantay Theater Magazine 15.29-30 (2007): 175-80.

 

2008         “Visions of Night: La Mambópera by Adál Maldonado.” Gestos 23.45 (Apr. 2008): 141-44.

 

2008         Freddie Mercado: entre doña Fela y Myrta Silva.” Claridad, Suplemento En Rojo [San Juan, PR] Apr. 17-23, 2008: 14, 27.

 

2007         “‘Vidas de herejes’ y el Festival de Teatro del Tercer Amor.” Claridad, Suplemento En Rojo [San Juan, PR] June 28 - July 4, 2007: 28.

 

2004         “Pregones Theater’s 2003 Asunción Playwrights Project.” Latin American Theatre Review 37.2 (Spring 2004): 141-46.

 

1997         “Bolero, memoria y violencia.” Conjunto [Havana, Cuba] 106 (May-Aug. 1997): 68-69.

 

1997         “Arthur Avilés y Maeva de Oz.” [Review of dance/performance.] Claridad [San Juan, PR] 22-28 Aug. 1997 (26). Also published in Arcoiris (Official newsletter of LLANY), New York, Fall 1997: 1.

 

1997         Los muchachos del combo.” [Review of local production of Mart Crowley’s Boys in the Band.] Claridad [San Juan, PR] 15-21 Aug. 1997: 28.

 

1997         El Cotorrito by the Sea.” [Review of local production of La cage aux folles.] Claridad [San Juan, PR] 8-14 Aug. 1997: 28.

 

1997         Latin Lives (Vidas latinas).” [Review of play by Louis Maissonet and Lourdes Cuadrado.] Claridad [San Juan, PR] 25-31 July 1997: 29.

 

1997         Spookiricans de Eduardo Alegría.” [Review of dance/performance.] Claridad [San Juan, PR] 6-12 June 1997: 29.

 

1997         The Junkies Stole the Clock.” [Review of play by Jesús Papoleto Meléndez.] Claridad [San Juan, PR] 23-29 May 1997: 25.

 

1997         Eulogy for a Small Time Thief.” [Review of play by Miguel Piñero.] Claridad [San Juan, PR] 2-8 May 1997: 25.

 

1997         “Hombres al borde de un ataque his-pánico.” [Review of Guillermo Reyes’s Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown.] Claridad [San Juan, PR] 11-17 Apr. 1997: 28.

 

1997         “Carmelita Tropicana y Leche de amnesia.” [Review of performance piece Milk of Amnesia.] Claridad [San Juan, PR] 4-10 Apr. 1997: 27. Also published in Perra! (Miami).

 

1997         El bolero fue mi ruina.” [Review of production by Teatro Pregones based on story by Manuel Ramos Otero.] Claridad [San Juan, PR] 28 Feb.-6 Mar. 1997: 24. Also published in Conjunto [Havana, Cuba]. English translation (“The Bolero Was My Downfall”).

 

1997         I’ll be Home para la Navidad.” [Review of play by Janis Astor del Valle.] Claridad [San Juan, PR] 3-9 Jan. 1997: 26.

 

1996         “Drama familiar en ‘I’ll be home...’.” el diario/LA PRENSA [New York, NY] 19 Dec. 1996: 17.

 

1996         Por el medio... si no hay más remedio.” [Review of play by Leo Cabranes-Grant.] Claridad [San Juan, PR] 22-28 Nov. 1996: 26.

 

 

Interviews and Transcriptions

 

2011        Dani Umpi: Escritor y artista uruguayo.” Corpóreo 3 (2011): 34-38.

 

2010        Giuseppe Campuzano y El Museo Travesti del Perú.” e-misférica 6.2 (2010). Online.

 

2009         “Language, Gender, and Sexuality: Different Voices, Different Views.” Interviewed by Susanne Mühleisen. Sargasso (2008-09) 1: 153-66.

 

2007         “A Naked Puerto Rican Faggot from America: An Interview with Arthur Avilés.” CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 19.1 (Spring 2007): 314-29. (pdf)

 

2007         “Sylvia Rivera’s Talk at LGMNY, June 2001, Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, New York City.” Introduction by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes. Transcribed and edited by Lauren Galarza and Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes. CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies 19.1 (Spring 2007): 116-23. (pdf)

 

1997         “Aterciopelados.” [Interview with Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago of the Colombian rock band Aterciopelados.] Claridad [San Juan, PR] 11-17 July 1997: 22-23.

 

 

Interviews (Video)

 

2010         Cultura Queer: Puertoriqueños en la Diaspora.” (in Spanish) Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Profesor en el Programa de Estudios sobre Latinos/as, habla con Vivianne Schnitzer sobre su libro Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora. Universidad de Michigan, Ann Arbor. (29:56)

 

2010         Queer Culture: Puerto Ricans in the Diaspora.” Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, U-M professor and author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora talks with Vivianne Schnitzer about his research. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. (22:19)

 

2009         Interview (in Spanish) with Larry La Fountain-Stokes, conducted by Antonio Prieto Stambaugh, during the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia, under the title “Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas.” (17:58)

 

 

 

 

 

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