The Forgotten “One”: An Affirmation of the Marginalized Sexualities at the Doors of the Mexican Revolution

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This presentation is based on the story of 1901 in Mexico, when a private party was raided by the police who immediately arrested forty-one (or forty-two according to rumor the forty-second, the son-in law of then president Porifirio Díaz, was quietly released and quickly forgotten in the press) men, half-dressed as women. At first, the newspapers were reluctant to give any more information. However, the news quickly became the talk of the town, and as newspapers began to sell because of it, stories grew.
I am interested in presenting the material produced by this controversial story (newspapers images and stories, novels, posters, songs, etc.) that became a national event that changed the face of the queer individual in the history of contemporary Mexico. I will examine the stories that were published in the newspapers after the phenomenon took place along with the images and corrido produced by cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada, and the novel written by Eduardo Castrejón in 1906 based on the same story.


Keywords: Gender Issues/Image, Cultural Studies, Queer Studies
Stream: Literary Arts Practices
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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José César Del Toro

Graduate Student, Spanish and Portuguese Department, University California
Santa Barbara, California, USA

My name is José César del Toro, and I am originally from the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. I am currently a doctoral student at University of California at Santa Barbara, and have earned a Master’s of Arts degree in Spanish from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish: Language and Culture from California State University Northridge. My fields of interests are queer Latin American, contemporary Mexican literature and gender studies. Regarding my research interests, I am conducting research focusing on the literary production of the Mexican Novel in the sixties and seventies, and more specifically on the writers Luis Zapata, Miguel Barbachano Ponce, and José Ceballos Maldonado, among others. My other interests include queer theory with a special emphasis on more contemporary perspectives, such as gender, class, and race.

Ref: A09P0701