112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Latina/o Literature and Culture III: Body Counts: Latina/o Necropolitics, Violence, and the Truth

Session Chair: 
Georgina Guzmán, California State University, Channel Islands
Session 8: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm
RCC Meeting Room 6


  1. Ammanda Moore, Norco College
    This presentation explores the physicality of Evita’s corpse, and the desire and necrophilia induced by it in Santa Evita, focusing on the relationship that develops between Evita’s corpse and Colonel Moori Koenig. Even though many violent acts occur to Evita’s corpse, the corpse retaliates against her male violators.
  2. Cynthia Murillo, Tennessee State University
    This paper seeks to unravel the role of liminality and racial consciousness in Jovita Gonzalez's "Shades of the Tenth Muses."  Through body soul doubling, Gonzalez attempts to challenge early twentieth century racial categories and redefine what an American self is.  
  3. Kelly Adams, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    This paper examines Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies and Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao alongside truth commission scholarship to consider how the absence of officially sanctioned transitional justice mechanisms in the Dominican Republic has produced alternative sites of truth-telling by diasporic Dominican American writers.
  4. Mary Garcia, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Chicana writers resist marketing strategies that aim to manage Mexican-American novels as complicit in a desire to imagine Mexico as a site of exotic nostalgia through the family saga. Such marketing strategies can be seen to parallel discourses that ignore the racial dynamics implicit in discussions of immigration. Mexico, as an imaginary site, is either criminally stereotyped as a site of drug wars and violence or is made exotic in its appeal as the romantic origin of a nostalgic past. 
Session Cancelled: