Abstract

This brief meditation on Latino the word underscores a politics of loss at play in the emergence of the new term Latinx. The term Latinx reveals how a performance of negation, identified in the very telling word no in Latino/Chicano, takes seriously the ex-factor marking the collective phenomenon known as latinidad. If the shifts from o to o/a to @ and now x are about political inclusion, it is not through liberal incorporation but through the inscription of linguistic and symbolic cuts, which hemorrhage something remarkably unnamable.

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