Laura Halperin, Jan. 2018 (2017-Jan. 2018 Ch.)
Olga Herrera, Jan. 2019 (2017-Jan. 2018 Sec.)
Richard T. Rodríguez, Jan. 2020
José Navarro, Jan 2021
Jackie Cuevas, Jan. 2022
The LLC Chicana and Chicano forum promotes scholarship on and the teaching of Chicana/o literature and encourages conversation about the relationship between Chicana/o and US Latina/o studies.
But what, exactly, is an MLA forum supposed to do?
MLA forums—formerly divisions and discussion groups—encompass the scholarly and professional concerns of the association. They promote scholarly and professional activities within their areas of concern.
Each forum is governed by an elected executive committee whose five members serve terms of five convention years. A convention year begins after the close of one convention and continues through the close of the next; it is named for the convention that concludes the year.
You may reach any one of the executive committee members at any time via MLACommons.
Please mark your calendars for the following Latinx Forum sessions at MLA in January:
- 466: Chicanx-Riqueñx Chicago Date: Saturday, Jan 5, 2019 Time: 10:15 AM–11:30 AM Location: Hyatt Regency – Michigan 2
- 537: Latinx Chicago: Contemporary Latinx Authors Write on and from Chicago Date: Saturday, Jan 5, 2019 Time: 1:45 PM…
Marissa K. López deposited The Political Economy of Early Chicano Historiography: The Case of Hubert H. Bancroft and Mariano G. Vallejo in the group LLC Chicana and Chicano on MLA Commons 7 months, 2 weeks ago
This article compares the historiographic methods of two 19th century, California historians.. Mariano Vallejo, former Mexican military commander of Alta California, wrote his Recuerdos at the request of San Francisco-based, Anglo-American historian Hubert H. Bancroft. In his own memoir, Literary Industries (1915), Bancroft describes his…[Read more]
MLA 2018 Chicana/o/x Panels and Cash Bar–Please Join Us!!!
Happy 2018, everyone! For those of you who will be attending MLA this week, below is the list of panels (along with times and locations) that the Chicana/o/x Literature Forum is sponsoring. I also am including information about the cash bar our forum is jointly organizing with the…[Read more]
Judy Bertonazzi deposited Caridad’s Choice for Transformation: Jumping off a Mesa Cliff in Ana Castillo’s Novel So Far from God in the group LLC Chicana and Chicano on MLA Commons 1 year, 2 months ago
As part of my research, I argue that one important way the definition of a feminist borderland develops in these narratives is from a female character’s knowledge of and interpretation of her physical presence within the borderlands. By applying Linda Martín Alcoff’s theories of gender “positionality” and “self-embodiment” from her text Visible…[Read more]
Judy Bertonazzi deposited The Subaltern and Familial Ghosts: Impossible Representations in The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts and Beloved in the group LLC Chicana and Chicano on MLA Commons 1 year, 2 months ago
This paper discusses the relationships made between ghost figures and their living relatives within Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts and Toni Morrison’s Beloved. In this paper I argue that a specific female identity and agency is represented in these texts through figurative language and symbolization of…[Read more]
Yolanda Padilla deposited Felix beyond the Closet: Sexuality, Masculinity, and Relations of Power in Arturo Islas’s The Rain God in the group LLC Chicana and Chicano on MLA Commons 1 year, 10 months ago
This essay examines the uneasy relationship that Arturo Islas’s The Rain God has had with narratives of identity, focusing on how the representation of Felix’s sexuality makes him a problematic figure for certain strains of Chicana/o and queer studies. In other writings, Islas criticizes Quinto Sol, the chief publishing house of Chicano literature…[Read more]
Introduction to the edited volume Bridges, Borders, and Breaks: History, Narrative, and Nation in Twenty-First-Century Chicana/o Literary Criticism.
Laura Halperin started the topic DEADLINE EXTENDED! Chicana and Chicano Literature Forum: MLA 2018 Call for Papers in the discussion Chicana and Chicano Literature on MLA Commons 1 year, 10 months ago
21st Century Chicanx Performance
We invite papers on 21st century Chicanx performance/ performance of Chicanidad on stage/film/street, etc.; 200-300 word abstract; 1-page cv. 200-300 word abstract; 1-page cv by 20 March 2017; José Navarro (email@example.com).
We invite analyses of the president’s/executive cabinet’s anti…[Read more]
Richard T. Rodríguez started the topic Report on Academic Freedom and Higher Education in Palestine in the discussion Chicana and Chicano Literature on MLA Commons 2 years, 1 month ago
MLA members, and in particular members of this forum who will be attending this year’s MLA 2017 assembly meeting in Philadelphia, may already know that there are a number of resolutions to be considered that address the question of boycotting Israeli academic institutions. The Resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for the boycott of Israeli i…[Read more]
Please consider submitting proposals for the following CFP’s.
1. CFP: Latina/o Materialisms, guaranteed session sponsored by the Latina and Latino Forum
queer, feminist, cultural, new &/or old materialisms; Marxisms; text as material object, comparative Chicana/o, PuertoRican, CubanAm, CentralAm, DominicanAm print cultures & histories of…[Read more]
Yolanda Padilla started the topic CFP (MLA 2017): “25 Years of Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage” in the discussion Chicana and Chicano Literature on MLA Commons 2 years, 10 months ago
“25 Years of Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage”
Special session proposed by the 19thc American LLC and the Chicana and Chicano LLC
Papers considering past contributions, archival silences, and future prospects of the Hispanic Recovery Project with interest on dissensus or dialogue with other currents in the long American 19th c…[Read more]
Yolanda Padilla started the topic Chicana/o Literature Division CFP (MLA 2017): "Teaching Borderlands at 30" in the discussion Chicana and Chicano Literature on MLA Commons 2 years, 10 months ago
“Teaching Borderlands at 30”
As we commemorate the thirty-year anniversary of Anzaldúa’s Borderlands we invite papers that address how we teach this genre-blurring text. 200-300-word abstract; 1-page cv by 15 March 2016; Laura Halperin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yolanda Padilla started the topic Chicana/o Literature Division CFP (MLA 2017): “La Raza y Gaza” in the discussion Chicana and Chicano Literature on MLA Commons 2 years, 10 months ago
“La Raza y Gaza”
Papers engaging the political resonances of Palestine for Chican@s. Intersections in various texts, teaching, or other topics. 200-300-word abstract; 1-page cv by 15 March 2016; José Navarro (email@example.com)
Yolanda Padilla started the topic Chicana/o Literature Division CFP (MLA 2017): “Liberty Crack'd” in the discussion Chicana and Chicano Literature on MLA Commons 2 years, 10 months ago
What are possibilities and fault lines within the promise of US liberty when examined through the lens of immigration, incarceration, police brutality, etc.? 200-300-word abstract; 1-page cv by 15 March 2016; Olga Herrera (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MLA 2017 Proposed Special Session
“Margins to Mainstream: US Latino/a Performance”
This proposed special session for the 2017 MLA Convention in Philadelphia will focus on the genre of US Latino/a performance, which can include performance poetry, drama, performance art, and/or film. Submissions that focus on mainstream productions (Br…[Read more]
This article reads the smuggling of Aztec artifacts described in Lucha Corpi’s novel Black Widow’s Wardrobe in the context of new materialist philosophies of becoming.
In this paper, I use Sandra Cisneros’s /Caramelo/ (2002) to examine the “traveling borderlands” in Mexican American migrant narratives. Traveling borderlands names the aesthetic and existential practice of creating contingent home spaces that contest paradigms of fragmentation and essentialism, the former often taken to be a defining feature of ma…[Read more]
This paper traces the origins of Chicana-centered figures and tropes found in Ana Castillo’s So Far from God to early 20th century cuentos recorded in the New Mexico Federal Writer’s Project.
CFP: Body Memory Trauma // Exhibition: Water, Art, Women, Life
Deadline Extension: January 31st
Please Circulate Widely!
Friday, 9 January
351. Chicano Narrative at Twenty-Five
3:30–4:45 p.m., West 202, VCC West
Program arranged by the Division on Chicana and Chicano Literature
Presiding: Yolanda Padilla, Univ. of Washington, Bothell
1. “The Diachronics of Difference: Chicano Narrative Then, Now, and before Chicanidad,” Jesse Alemán, Un…[Read more]
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