115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Latinx Literature and Culture II

Session Chair: 
Shelley Garcia, Biola University
Session 4: Friday 3 – 4:30 pm
Education (Brogan) 102


  1. Gabriela Almendarez, University of California, Riverside
    By examining Salvador Plascencia’s The People of Paper alongside images of the borderland (Anzaldúa, 1987), I contend that the physical layout of the novel exemplifies the complex realities and identities of Latinx individuals living in Los Angeles. I am mindful of Carmen L. Medina’s (2006) assertion that “Among the many ideological and socio cultural realities found are the notion of the American Dream, citizenship and language, literacy and culture” (p. 74). 
  2. Nancy Quintanilla, Cornell University
    My paper will consider how the Electronic Disturbance Theatre's radical project: the Transborder Immigrant Tool, reimagined a new practice of belonging for migrants lost in the Sonoran desert. I argue that the tool’s purpose was to distribute life saving information that transforms the status of migrants from opaque bodies devoid of legal personhood to translucent figures.
  3. Roberta Wolfson, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    How might Latinx writers use the literary genre of speculative fiction to participate in antiracism? Taking up Sabrina Vourvoulias’ 2012 dystopian novel Ink as a case study, this paper argues that speculative fiction provides a critical lens for Latinx writers to critique and potentially mobilize resistance against racial violence in the United States’ contemporary climate of anti-immigrant rhetoric and policy.
  4. Katlin Sweeney, San Diego State University
    My paper will examine content generated by the Instagram accounts xicanisma_ and nalgonapositivitypride to discuss the limitations and benefits of an image-driven platform for reimagining representations of Latinxs/Chicanxs in visual media, which can result in space that is either “closed off from” or “held for” people of color.
Session Cancelled: