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What's My Legacy? Chicana/o Literature and Culture in the American Southwest
Dr. Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez invites everyone to ponder individual and collective legacies as she discusses her recently published book Colonial Legacies in Chicana/o Literature and Culture: Looking through the Kaleidoscope. The Southwest U.S. is a region that has been colonized by Spain and the United States and we are often left to think about the kind of legacies these colonial periods have left behind. This book challenges readers to reflect on the fragmented and peripheral narratives of colonial legacies that offer more complex understandings of individual and collective subjectivities.

Vanessa Fonseca-Chávez is from Grants, New Mexico. She received her MA in Hispanic Southwest Studies from the University of New Mexico and her PhD in Spanish Cultural Studies from Arizona State University. She is an assistant professor of English at ASU where she teaches undergraduate courses on Chicana/o literature, Indigenous literature, and SW literature and film, as well as graduate courses in the MA in Narrative Studies Program. She co-directs the Following the Manito Trail project with Levi Romero and recently co-edited (with Levi Romero and Spencer R. Herrera) the anthology Querencia: Reflections on the New Mexico Homeland. Vanessa's book, Colonial Legacies in Chicana/o Literature and Culture: Looking through the Kaleidoscope was published in October 2020 with the University of Arizona Press.

Dec 14, 2020 06:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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