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The Plight of Rudy "Gordo" Sanchez and Other Short Stories

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dc.contributor.author Rubalcava-Talamantes, David Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-28T17:42:27Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-28
dc.date.submitted July 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/21073
dc.description.abstract “The Plight of Rudy “Gordo” Sanchez and Other Short Stories” is a collection of one novella and nine short stories dealing with a broad range of themes like borders, immigration, race, sex, sexuality, violence, religion, spirituality, food, obsession, fetishes, and death. The stories range from sad and serious to sarcastic and darkly humorous to happy and joy-filled to really quite disturbing. They are meant to be raw, sexual, grotesque, violent, beautiful, sweet, delicious, and painful. The characters are gay men in love, a reality television show judge, a bench, feminine little boys, a sadistic group therapy leader, a man dying of AIDS, Frida Kahlo, a piñata maker, a female prostitute with supernatural powers, and an overweight taco truck chef with a special soul. The Stories are set in diverse places like Ciudad Juárez, El Paso (TX), Gun Hole (a fictional city in the Texas Bible Belt), Denver (CO), St. Louis Park (MN), Minneapolis (MN), San Francisco (CA), Barcelona, Albuquerque (NM), and Trinidad (CO). The stories all speak to the human condition as well as what it is to be human physically, biologically, and genetically. Love is at the core of most of these stories, not just romantic love but familial and also the love of self. Craft wise, the stories use the idea of central image, some play with form and structure, some use magical realism, the point of view varies from story to story, and the novella plays with time, setting, plot, and footnotes. Several pieces are still works in progress, but the idea behind this collection is my sincere attempt to affect my reader, to make my reader feel some specific emotion from the characters and language of each story. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Novella en_US
dc.subject Short Stories en_US
dc.subject Latino/Fronterizo en_US
dc.subject GLBTQ en_US
dc.subject Food en_US
dc.subject Sex/Sexuality en_US
dc.subject Religion en_US
dc.subject Spanish/Bi-Lingual en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Short stories
dc.subject.lcsh Gay men -- Fiction
dc.subject.lcsh Mexican Americans -- Fiction
dc.title The Plight of Rudy "Gordo" Sanchez and Other Short Stories en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree MFA en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of English en_US
dc.description.advisor Mueller, Daniel
dc.description.committee-member Warner, Sharon Oard
dc.description.committee-member Rebolledo, Tey Diana
dc.description.committee-member Ciabattari, Jane
emb.embargo.terms 2111-07-30
emb.embargo.lift 2111-07-30


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