Carlos Gabriel Kelly González Launches “Ready Player Juan” at Rice University

When: Thursday, November 30, 2023

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., CST

Where: Sewall Hall, Welcome Center, Rice University, College Way, Houston, TX

Carlos Gabriel Kelly González will read excerpts from Ready Player Juan and perform poetry to celebrate the launch of the book. To RSVP click here.

About the book:

Written for all gaming enthusiasts, this book fuses Latinx studies and video game studies to document how Latinx masculinities are portrayed in high-budget action-adventure video games, inviting Latinxs and others to insert their experiences into games made by an industry that fails to see them.

The book employs an intersectional approach through performance theory, border studies, and lived experience to analyze the designed identity “Player Juan.” Player Juan manifests in video game representations through a discourse of criminality that sets expectations of who and what Latinxs can be and do. Developing an original approach to video game experiences, the author theorizes video games as border crossings, and defines a new concept—digital mestizaje—that pushes players, readers, and scholars to deploy a Latinx way of seeing and that calls on researchers to consider a digital object’s constructive as well as destructive qualities.

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