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“A Womanist Agenda” and “Borderlands”

“Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza and the Magic Realism of Crossing Geographical and Cultural Borders”

—Christine Hunter, English Department

Gloria Anzaldúa and the mestiza experience in Texas, New Mexico and the Southwest United States vis-á-vis her literaryand pedagogical approaches to those experiences and her mestiza heritage. How do culture, gender, folklore, and religion affect the writing and thought processes of writers like Gloria Anzaldúa? And how does this multicultural, multi-ethnic and transsexual literary construct shape not only the mestiza literary canon but also the Anglo-English literary canon?

“‘A Womanist Agenda’: Establishing the Transnational Turn in American and Ethnic Women’s Literature Courses”

—Sonia Adams, English Department

There is a critical need for English Studies programs in integrating and developing American and Ethnic Women’s Literature Courses through what Claire Fox refers to as the transnational turn. Adams discusses the process for establishing the transnational turn and how it can be utilized in scholarly research and integrating and developing women-centered literature courses through hemispheric and transnational critical approaches and Inter-American methodologies.

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