Feminist Review

, Volume 116, Issue 1, pp 85–100 | Cite as

speculating Latina radicalism: labour and motherhood in Lunar Braceros 2125-2148

  • Kristy L. UlibarriEmail author


This essay unpacks the utopian impulse in Rosaura Sánchez and Beatrice Pita’s novella Lunar Braceros 2125-2148 (2009). As speculative fiction that has strong, explicit critiques on labour and globalisation, Lunar Braceros crafts a future-historical and future-present world where racialised forms of labour exploitation are the norm. The novella offers the radical response of worker revolution that can only ever be a potential and desire. The novella does this by presenting an ambivalent labour politics that results in the dismantling of the family as a heteronormative unit and that depend on the figure of the lost radical mother. The intervention this essay makes into Latina/o studies and feminist studies is to rearticulate the figure of motherhood through a specific lens of radicalism that is both queer and proletarian. By thinking about Latina radicalism through the intersections of labour, gender and non-normative sexuality in the novella, we see that the lost mother figure disrupts capitalist patriarchy by offering radical potentiality.


Latina/o literature Rosaura Sánchez Beatrice Pita labour feminism queer theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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