I am a native Californian and am a third-year graduate assistant in the Comparative Literature Program. My main research interests include the concept of mestizaje in Chicana/o/x literature and how it is used to simultaneously claim and subsume indigeneity as a dead race. I am interested in questioning the concept of mestizaje because it promotes a vision of a shared Indian and European heritage that is erroneous and that most people living in Greater Mexico, the U.S. Southwest and Mexico, do not have. My claim is that the concept of mestizaje promotes a Europeanization of Mexican descendants that does not line up with the events that occurred during and after Spanish colonization in Mexico and during and after the war between Mexico and the U.S. from 1846-48.
Best Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies Award
The NeMLA Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus invites submissions for the “Best Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies Award.”
Witches & Tricksters: Feminine Forms of Resistance in Afro-Mexican Folklore
2020 NeMLA Caucus Essay Awards Winners
Bringing Mythology Back: A Call for the Literary Study of Mythic Narratives.
Mythological narratives constitute a significant portion of the world’s most influential literature; nevertheless, they are glaringly absent from contemporary literary studies.