Accessible Citizenships examines Chicana/o cultural representations that conceptualize political community through images of disability. Working against the assumption that disability is a metaphor for social decay or political crisis, Julie Avril Minich analyzes literature, film, and visual art post-1980 in which representations of non-normative bodies work to expand our understanding of what it means to belong to a political community.
Minich shows how queer writers like Arturo Islas and Cherr\u00ede Moraga have reconceptualized Chicano nationalism through disability images. She further addresses how the U.S.-Mexico border and disabled bodies restrict freedom and movement. Finally, she confronts the changing role of the nation-state in the face of neoliberalism as depicted in novels by Ana Castillo and Cecile Pineda.
Accessible Citizenships illustrates how these works gesture towards less exclusionary forms of citizenship and nationalism. Minich boldly argues that the corporeal images used to depict national belonging have important consequences for how the rights and benefits of citizenship are understood and distributed.
A volume in the American Literatures Initiative
Julie Avril Minich is Assistant Professor of English, with concurrent appointments in the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Center for Women and Gender Studies, at the University of Texas at Austin.
Acknowledgments Accessibility and Nationalism: An Introduction PART ONE The Body Politic of Aztlan 1 Enabling Aztlan: Arturo Islas Jr. and Chicano Cultural Nationalism 2 "My Country Was Not Like That": Cherrie Moraga, Felicia Luna Lemus, and National Failure PART TWO Immobilizing the Border 3 "So Much Life in the Still Waters": Alex Espinoza and the Ideology of Ability in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands 4 No Nation for Old Men? Racialized Aging and Border-Crossing Narratives by Guillermo Arriaga, Tommy Lee Jones, and Oscar Casares PART THREE Beyond Citizenship 5 Overcoming the Nation: Ana Castillo, Cecile Pineda, and the Stakes of Disability Identity Epilogue Notes Works Cited Index