113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Latina/o Literature and Culture

Session Chair: 
Margarita Barcelo, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 4: Friday 3:50-5:20pm
Senate Suite (PH-ET)


  1. Michael Moreno, Green River College
    This paper explores how the film Quinceañera and Helena María Viramontes’ novel Their Dogs Came With Them reconstruct Chicano/a identities within the ideological rubble of gender and sexuality marginalization. Characters resist spatial exile by creating their own sites of location and defy sexual marginalization through calibrating and redesigning the home, the barrio, the church, the street, the cemetery, and the freeway.
  2. Alma Granado, Williams College
    Salvador Plascencia's The People of Paper poses a fundamental rethinking of the underlying legal structures that enable systemic exploitation. Through a metafictional emphasis on the machinations of narrative, the novel centers women’s bodies within the topology of sovereignty and highlights the sovereign’s power to render bodies and peoples disposable. 
  3. Eli Ronick, Portland State University
    This presentation will function as a comparative literature in focusing on a character from Roberto Bolano´s novel Los detectives salvajes by viewing the evolution of the character via three distinct lenses: Vivian Abenshushan´s definition of the Biblical figures Cain and Abel, Anthony Cussen´s dandy, and lüftmensch, as seen in various works in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Session Cancelled: