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Nancy Vera

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PhD Candidate, English

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Research Expertise

Comparative Literature

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. 

Awards & Grants

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.”

English

Lead: Nancy Vera
Award Organization: The Northeastern Modern Language Association, Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus
Dates:
The award is given for a paper presented at the previous two sessions of the NeMLA Convention using women and/or gender-centered approaches. This essay may not be submitted to another contest for the duration of the award’s deliberation.

Publications

Witches & Tricksters: Feminine Forms of Resistance in Afro-Mexican Folklore

2020 NeMLA Caucus Essay Awards Winners

English

Lead: Nancy Vera
Dates:
2020 Women’s & Gender Studies Caucus Essay Award “Witches & Tricksters: Feminine Forms of Resistance in Afro-Mexican Folklore”

Talk

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.

English

Lead: Nancy Vera
Dates:
Students interested in the study of mythology are directed to departments of anthropology, religion, or intellectual heritage, and these fields certainly conduct invaluable examinations of world-mythology; however, myths are unequivocally literary in nature, and their omission in departments of literature is both a detriment to the field and a disservice to world cultures. What went wrong with the study of myth-as-literature, and how can we revive this genre to reinvigorate the field of literary studies?