Professor of Hispanic Studies Bryan Pearce-Gonzales, Ph.D., recently published his first book, “Societal Constructions of Masculinity in Chicanx and Mexican Literature: From Machismo to Feminist Masculinity.”
The book is an ethnographic approach to the question “What does it mean to be a man?” and focuses on stories that authors tell about how Chicanx and Mexican society dictate what masculinity is and/or is not. It examines what it signifies to be a Mexican male, explains how fatherhood has been represented in Chicanx literature, and considers masculine relationships more broadly.
Masculinity Studies is among the newer fields of Cultural Studies and is providing a lot of really cool ideas regarding how we, as humans, are socialized to understand and adopt/reject certain identities, whether they be cultural, racial, sexual, or otherwise,” Pearce-Gonzales said. “I find it compelling to offer a perspective on what messages Chicanx and Mexican societies are promoting to their citizens regarding what men ought to be.”
Bryan Pearce-Gonzales, Ph.D.
Pearce-Gonzales, who is also the chair of the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, called the book a labor of love, one that took five years and involved learning on the fly.
“A huge amount of credit should also go to my co-editor, Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez, a professor at Georgian Court University, for her mentorship and all that she taught me in this process,” he said.
Pearce-Gonzales received his M.A. and his Ph.D. in hispanic studies from the University of Kentucky. He is a specialist in 20th Century Latin American literature with an emphasis on Chicanx literature and culture and has recently published critical essays on Chicanx autobiography and fiction.