Searching for sexual identity in a homophobic society: hunger of memory and pocho

To begin speaking of sexual identity, whether heterosexual or homosexual, assumes speaker and listener alike share the same definitions. This, however, is not always the case, and because of this, we must formulate a definition that differentiates the gay Latino from the gay in the dominant society, create a working literary framework that standardizes the reading of the gay characters in Chicano literature, and use Richard Rodriguez’s Hunger of Memory and Antonio Villarreal’s Pocho to test the framework and show how each protagonist must fit into two homophobic cultures.

This is a proceeding from the 28th Annual Conference of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Annual Conference, Apr 1st, 2001