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Nerds, Goths, Geeks, and FreaksOutsiders in Chicanx and Latinx Young Adult Literature$
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Trevor Boffone and Cristina Herrera

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496827456

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496827456.001.0001

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The Coming-of-Age Experience in Chicanx Queer Novels What Night Brings and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

The Coming-of-Age Experience in Chicanx Queer Novels What Night Brings and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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(p.175) 12 The Coming-of-Age Experience in Chicanx Queer Novels What Night Brings and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
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Nerds, Goths, Geeks, and Freaks
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Carolina Alonso

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827456.003.0013

This chapter establishes a dialogue between Chicanx canonical coming-of-age and queer young adult novels What Night Brings (2004) by Carla Trujillo, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (2012) by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. These writers have destabilized the traditional Chicanx coming-of-age genre by placing two social outcasts and queer characters as their protagonists. In these two novels the main characters do not integrate with the rest of their peers; they are both knowledge seekers and outsiders. Additionally, these main characters have a queer sexuality, and they, along with other characters, break from gender binaries and gender stereotypes.

Keywords:   Queer, Coming of age, Coming out, Chicanx adolescence, Homophobia

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