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ConnexionsHistories of Race and Sex in North America$
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Jennifer Brier, Jim Downs, and Jennifer L. Morgan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040399

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040399.001.0001

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The Soul of the Boy Was … Aztec

The Soul of the Boy Was … Aztec

Race and Sexuality in Ramón Novarro’s Self-Narrative

(p.127) Chapter 6 The Soul of the Boy Was … Aztec

Ernesto Chávez

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on the life of the Mexican film star Ramón Novarro. It interrogates how Novarro used his racial identity to mask his homosexuality throughout his forty-year career. By excavating images of and articles about Novarro in print culture, the chapter reveals how Novarro self-fashioned a narrative that obfuscated his sexual orientation and at times coded his sexuality through a complex narrative of self-presentation. In doing so the chapter seeks to provide a counterpoint to the usual narratives of Novarro as an unfortunate victim of his era, by presenting him as a vibrant historical actor rather than as a tragic movie star.

Keywords:   Ramón Novarro, racial identity, homosexuality, race, print culture, sexuality, self-presentation, self-narrative

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