Issue 22: Radiant

Joseph M. Pierce

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Dayunisi's turn

Dayunisi is the protagonist of a myth of Cherokee origin, Joseph M. Pierce proposes this little beetle, capable of navigating between worlds, as an ancestral guide to understand our queer/cuir/cuyr and dissident becomings

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  1. The version of the story collected by anthropologist James Mooney at the end of the nineteenth century is perhaps the most popular and standardized version. See: James Mooney, Myths of the Cherokee (New York: Dover, 1995), 239-240.

  2. See: Christopher B. Teuton, ed., Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2012), 38-40.

  3. See: Diego Falconí Trávez, “La heteromaricageneidad contradictoria como herramienta crítica cuy(r) en las literaturas andinas.” Revista interdisciplinaria de estudios de género de El Colegio de México 7, no. 1 (2021): 1-39, https://doi.org/10.24201/reg.v7i1.587.

  4. See: Néstor Perlongher, “Los devenires minoritarios,” in Prosa Plebeya: Ensayos 1980-1992, ed. Christian Ferrer and Osvaldo Baigorria (Colihue: Buenos Aires, 1997), 65-75.

  5. In Justice, Daniel Heath. “Notes toward a Theory of Anomaly.” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 16(1-2). 2010:207-242. Quote from page 220.


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