CMAS Masters Thesis Pláticas: Zachary R. Hernández and Mario N. Castro
Wed, April 2, 2014 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • Meeting Room 1.106, Student Activity Center (SAC), The University of Texas at Austin
The objective of the Master of Arts degree program in Mexican American Studies is to prepare students for a professional career in which advanced knowledge about Mexican American cultural practices, historical development, and socio-economic conditions is crucial, or to prepare them to pursue doctoral work in a related discipline in either the humanities or social sciences. With this objective in mind, CMAS will host a plática for two graduate students that will highlight the work they have done in their respective thesis projects.
Zachary R. Hernández is a candidate in the Master of Arts degree program in Mexican American Studies. The title of his presentation is "Discourses of indigenismo in Silko’s Almanac of the Dead and Urrea’s The Hummingbirds’s Daughter." The thesis offers readings of Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead and Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Hummingbird’s Daughter. The study attempts to put the two novels in discussion through a critique of colonial representations of indigeneity. His thesis supervisor is Dr. James H. Cox, Associate Professor in the Department of English.
Mario N. Castro is a candidate in the Master of Arts degree program in Mexican American Studies. The title of his presentation is "Lesbian Detectives and Matriarchal Indigeneity: Chicana Representations of Juárez in Alicia Gaspar De Alba’s Desert Blood and Stella Pope Duarte’s If I Die in Juárez". The presentation analyses the politics of representation, construction of queerness, and Indigeneity in Chicana representations of Ciudad Juárez, the Borderlands, and feminicide. His thesis supervisor is Dr. Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies and Associate Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies.