The Regulator welcomes María DeGuzmán for a reading and signing of her new book, Understanding John Rechy.
In this first book-length monograph on the Mexican American novelist, essayist, and playwright John Rechy, best known for his debut novel City of Night, María DeGuzmán offers a conceptually clear yet aesthetically, philosophically, and socio-politically fine-grained analysis of the spectrum of his writing.
In Understanding John Rechy, María DeGuzmán traces the development of Rechy’s craft through his major works. She examines the complexities of his representation of identity, the subjectivity in his male homosexual odyssey and identity quest novels, and his experimentation with genre. The book’s guiding analysis pays particular attention to the ways in which Rechy’s works function as cultural critique challenging mainstream values in a deep-structure manner.
"Understanding John Rechy is a breathtakingly comprehensive study of one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. DeGuzmán's book will quickly take its place as the primary authoritative study on Rechy's work, and it will unquestionably prove invaluable and enlightening to a wide array of readers."—Richard T. Rodríguez, University of California, Riverside
María DeGuzmán is a professor of English and comparative literature and founding director of the UNC Latina/o Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of Spain's Long Shadow: The Black Legend, Off-Whiteness, and Anglo-American Empire and Buenas Noches, American Culture: Latina/o Aesthetics of Night, as well as many essays and articles on Latina/o cultural production.