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By Julie Avril Minich

Accessible Citizenships examines Chicana/o cultural representations that conceptualize political group via pictures of incapacity. operating opposed to the belief that incapacity is a metaphor for social decay or political concern, Julie Avril Minich analyzes literature, movie, and visible paintings post-1980 within which representations of non-normative our bodies paintings to extend our knowing of what it capacity to belong to a political community.
Minich exhibits how queer writers like Arturo Islas and Cherríe Moraga have reconceptualized Chicano nationalism via incapacity photographs. She additional addresses how the U.S.-Mexico border and disabled our bodies limit freedom and circulate. ultimately, she confronts the altering position of the countryside within the face of neoliberalism as depicted in novels by means of Ana Castillo and Cecile Pineda. 
Accessible Citizenships illustrates how those works gesture in the direction of much less exclusionary varieties of citizenship and nationalism. Minich boldly argues that the corporeal photos used to depict nationwide belonging have very important effects for the way the rights and advantages of citizenship are understood and distributed.

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Ana Castillo’s Peel My Love Like an Onion (1999) depicts a Chicana flamenco dancer with post-polio; Cecile Pineda’s Face (1985) tells the story of a Brazilian man living in a favela who loses his face in an accident and, unable to afford cosmetic surgery, reconstructs his own face using needles, thread, plastic from discarded toys, and procaine. Reading the two novels together, I reveal how this use of the overcoming narrative form comments upon the continued presence of the national in what Ramón Saldívar calls the “transnational imaginary” of globalization.

Aesthetic objects, then, foment a preference for healthy, whole bodies over diseased or disabled bodies; nondisabled bodies are believed to indicate robust, sound communities while disabled bodies signify social decay or political crisis. One result of this correlation is an implicit justification for the political exclusion of people with disabilities and others whose bodies do not fit a narrow national ideal (often due to racialized or gendered corporeal attributes). Building upon Siebers’s analysis, it becomes clear that Islas’s novels prompt new theoretical inquiry into the body politics of decolonial nationalism.

He goes on to cite Islas as an example of gay Chicano writers who “fail to discuss directly the cultural dissonance that Chicano homosexual men confront in reconciling their primary socialization into Chicano family life with the sexual norms of the dominant culture” (256). Furthermore, Moraga herself has written, somewhat dismissively, that Islas’s “writing begged to boldly announce his gayness” but contains only “vague references about ‘sinners’ and tortured alcoholic characters” (Last Generation 163).

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