Dissertation: "Pariahs, Tricksters, and the Subversion of Modernity: The Decolonial Borderland Narratives of Cormac McCarthy and Eduardo Antonio Parra."
My research and scholarly production explores and examines borderland narratives from an interdisciplinary perspective intent on illuminating the reciprocity between literature, film, cultural studies, and history. Moreover, my research supports the critique, and reclamation of silenced historical, cultural, and social spaces.
Summer 2010 A-term
Course Title: Narco Narratives in Literature and Film
Trafficking in drugs, weapons, women and labor, and violence in the form of serial murder of women, drug shoot-outs and mutilations, has proliferated in the northern border region of Mexico over the past decade. A seminal connection this class will emphasize is the complicity between the narco-industry, corrupt governance, and how these phenomena are encouraged by the international growth of the drug and sex industry, along with weak police and judicial systems and generalized corruption in Mexico, as well as denials of responsibility in the U.S. This context foreshadows the issues that have augmented Mexico’s current crises with violence vis-à-vis the government and the cartels.