PART 4: EXCAVATING Queering the Borderlands The Challenges of Excavating the Invisible and Unheard emma pe ´rez I begin with a passage from my novel in progress titled Forgetting the Alamo, Or Blood Memory. I write fiction not only because I have a passion for literature, but also because I am frustrated with history's texts and archives. I've always wanted to find in the archives a queer vaquera from the mid-nineteenth century whose adventures include fighting Anglo squatters and seducing willing señoritas. Impatience led me to create a tejana baby butch, named Micaela Campos, who must avenge her father's death at the battle of San Jacinto, just a month after the fall of the Alamo: By dusk she came upon the ranch and the land that her father had settled. Eleven sitios. Nearly forty-nine thousand acres. A lot of land for a young boy whose people had inched their way up the valley two centuries prior, moving slowly at first from the central valley then north each time the rivers shifted, each time they shifted further north to boundless prairies crossing rivers and streams. Monclova had been home for awhile, two hundred years felt like plenty of time,
Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Jan 8, 2004
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