CMAS Congratulates Associate Director for MLA Book Prize
Posted: December 3, 2013
Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández, Associate Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies and Associate Professor of American Studies, has been awarded the tenth biennial MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies for her book, Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries (Duke University Press, 2011). The prize is awarded to a member of the association for an outstanding scholarly study in any language of United States Latina and Latino or Chicana and Chicano literature or culture published in 2011 and 2012.
Unspeakable Violence addresses the epistemic and physical violence inflicted on racialized and gendered subjects in the U.S.–Mexico borderlands from the mid-nineteenth century through the early twentieth. Arguing that this violence was fundamental to U.S., Mexican, and Chicana/o nationalisms, Guidotti-Hernández examines the lynching of a Mexican woman in California in 1851, the Camp Grant Indian Massacre of 1871, the racism evident in the work of the anthropologist Jovita González, and the attempted genocide, between 1876 and 1907, of the Yaqui Indians in the Arizona–Sonora borderlands. Showing that these events have been told and retold in ways that have produced particular versions of nationhood and effaced other issues, the work provides a refreshing and complex understanding of the violence of nationalisms and mestizaje as fantasy fictions of state-formation by countering a static notion of resistant minoritarian subjecthood that often characterizes ethnic studies scholarship.
Congratulations to Professor Guidotti-Hernández!