The Thin Frontera between Visibility and Invisibility: Felicia Luna Lemus’s Like Son

  • Amaia Ibarraran-Bigalondo Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU)


The historically entrenched gender-based division of western society is also part of the cultural heritage of the Chicano community. The diverse cultural, literary and religious symbols that have defined the female and male roles have been transmitted through the generations, creating a clear gender-based hierarchy within the group. This binary division, however, has left no room for those considered (extremely) deviant such as the LGBT community. The aim of this essay is to observe the way Felicia Luna Lemus’s Like Son (2007) addresses issues of visibility and invisibility and the integration of a family past and a cultural heritage into the life of a young Chicano transgender person, in an attempt to render this group visible and voiced within the community.Keywords: Chicano/a; LGBT; identity; literature; (in)visibility

Author Biography

Amaia Ibarraran-Bigalondo, Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU)
Amaia Ibarraran-Bigalondo is a lecturer at the University of the Basque Country, where she teaches contemporary North-American ethnic literatures and cultures. Her research has always focused on the study of Chicano/a literature, art and culture, and she has published several articles and co-edited books in this field. Her current research deals with the study of other forms of popular artistic and cultural expression produced by the Chicano/a community.


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