International Latino Book Awards, Honorable Mention, Best Biography (English)
American Educational Research Association, Division B:
Focusing on the didactic nature of the work of Reinaldo Arenas, this book demonstrates the Cuban writer's influence as public pedagogue, mentor, and social activist whose teaching on resistance to normative ideologies resonates in societies past, present, and future.
Through a multidisciplinary approach bridging educational, historiographic, and literary perspectives, The Dissidence of Reinaldo Arenas illuminates how Arenas's work remains a cutting-edge source of inspiration for today's audiences, particularly LGBTQI readers. It shows how Arenas's aesthetics contain powerful insights for exploring dissensus whether in the context of Cuba, broader Pan-American and Latinx-U.S. queer movements of social justice, or transnational citizenship politics.
Carefully dissecting Arenas's themes against the backdrop of his political activity, this book presents the writer's poetry, novels, and plays as a curriculum of dissidence that provides models for socially engaged intellectual activism.
Publication of this work made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.