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Author Alfaro, Jose Rivers, author

Title Something more splendid than two / Jose Rivers Alfaro
Published [Santa Barbara, CA] Dead letter office, an imprint of punctum books, 2022


Description 1 online resource (108 pages)
Contents Prelude -- 1. Joaquin as my father -- 2. Joaquin as myself -- 3. Joaquin as John Rollin Ridge -- Epilogue: reading with my students
Summary "Blending literary analysis and memoir Something More Splendid Than Two is at once an excavation of intergenerational wounds, a dance number, a poem, and a fraught love letter from son to father that disrupts the dominant narratives surrounding the life and myth of Joaquin Murrieta. In the Mexican American imaginary, the legend of Joaquin Murrieta has been recast to explain the wounding of Mexican American men after the 1848 border formation. In these versions, Joaquin is a vigilante hero and the patriarchal father of the Chicanx movement. Revisiting the most circulated version of the Joaquín myth, The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta written by Cherokee writer John Rollin Ridge, the first published Native American author in the US, Something More Splendid Than Two offers an alternative to these versions. Stitching together multiple tangled histories of Indigenous and Mexican woundings living in the margins of Ridge's 19th-century novel, Alfaro opens a queer timeline where Chicanx and Indigenous solidarities can be imagined. By attuning to the choreographies of power and patriarchy that produced readers and writers like Ridge and the author of this book, josé rivers alfaro imagines that in that endless encounter between reader and writer, both time travel and collective healing are possible." --
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes "This work carries a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license" -- t.p. verso
Subject Alfaro, Jose Rivers
Ridge, John Rollin, 1827-1867. The life and adventures of Joaquin Murieta: the celebrated California bandit
Murieta, Joaquín, -1853 -- Fiction
Murieta, Joaquín, -1853
Authors, American -- 21st century -- Biography
Hispanic American gay people -- Biography
Mexican American gay people -- Biography
Indigenous men -- Identity.
Sexual minorities -- Identity.
Mexican Americans -- Colonization -- Social aspects -- United States
Indians of North America -- Colonization -- Social aspects -- United States
Authors, American
Hispanic American gays
Indigenous men -- Identity
Mexican American gays
Sexual minorities -- Identity
United States
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781685710651