Fathers, Fathering, and Fatherhood: Queer Chicano Desire and Belonging

Gibrán Güido and Adelaida R. Del Castillo, Editors

The editors invite contributions to an anthology that brings together work by queer/gay Chicanos/Mexicanos on their fathers, the act of fathering, and/or notions of fatherhood whether fathers are/were present or absent, accessible, inaccessible, engaged, disengaged, accepting or rejecting of sons. The book 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 mens’ 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 an anthologized publication project pertaining to straight Chicano men is not yet commonplace in the literature; this qualifies as exceptional an entire book project on the 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. We as editors recognize that this is not an easy topic for many of our contributors to write about given the fear, anxiety, and disappointment that may arise. It is our hope that the collection will serve to inspire personal recollection, healing, growth and transformation for those engaged in this project as authors or audience.

Target 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?
  • 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? These could be physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, spiritual, etc.
  • What are your notions of fatherhood?
  • 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?

Please submit an abstract (ideas or thoughts about your topic) or first draft of your work with a title by March 15th, 2015 to gibranguido@gmail.com and delcast1@mail.sdsu.edu

The intended themes of this anthology are:

  • Fathers
  • Acts of fathering
  • Notions of fatherhood
  • Patriarchy
  • Ideals of manhood
  • Notions of masculinities
  • HIV/AIDS and the role of fathers, fathering, fatherhood
  • Identity
  • Ethnicity
  • Culture
  • Class
  • Spirituality
  • Indigenismo
  • Sexuality
  • Violence
  • Mentorship
  • Desire
  • Erotics
  • Male/female influences that contribute to notions of being a “man” AND father(s), fathering, fatherhood



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