Queer Latino Testimonio, Keith Haring, and Juanito Xtravaganza

Hard Tails

  • Authors
  • Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé

Part of the New Directions in Latino American Cultures book series (NDLAC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé
    Pages 1-9
  3. Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé
    Pages 11-57
  4. Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé
    Pages 59-93
  5. Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé
    Pages 95-119
  6. Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé
    Pages 121-182
  7. Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé
    Pages 183-204
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 205-227

About this book


In the tradition of the Latin American testimonio, this is the story of Juan Rivera, a.k.a. Juanito Xtravaganza, a Latino runaway youth who ends up homeless in the streets of New York in the late 70s and becomes partner of the internationally famous 1980s Pop artist Keith Haring during some of the most frenetically productive years of his brief life, as told to the author and retold by him. A hybrid text - part testimonio, part linguistic and cultural analysis, and part art criticism - this is also a history of New York Latino neighborhoods during this period of devastating disinvestment and gentrification, as well as a personal, heart-felt meditation on the art of listening and the ethical limits of representing queer Latino lives.


aesthetics identification Latino presentation

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