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Nicole Guidotti-Hernández

Core FacultyPh.D., Cornell University

Professor and Chair in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Nicole Guidotti-Hernández



Transnational Feminisms; Critical Race Studies; Chicana/o Studies; Latina/o Studies; Borderlands History; American Studies; Violence and Citizenship; and Indigeneity and Nationalisms


WGS 340 • Fem Intervntns Borderlands His

47033 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm JES A217A
(also listed as AMS 370, MAS 374)

This seminar will provide undergraduates with an in-depth understanding of the social, economic, and spatial transformations in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries U.S.- Mexico borderlands. In particular, we will examine how Indian removal, the Texas wars for Independence, the Mexican American war of 1848, and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo continue to influence how ideas of nation, space and citizenship (or lack thereof) are articulated in these regions today. Lastly, this course operates from a feminist scholarly perspective, demonstrating the role of both transnational analysis and the pivotal role of the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality in forming this distinct regional history.

In addition, students will engage in their own archival research projects during the semester.  Juxtaposed with contextual historical and methodological essays, we will examine the concerns, anxieties and preoccupations with the contested nature of gender, race, subjectivity and sexuality in the nineteenth and early twentieth century U.S./Mexico Borderlands.                 



25% Final Paper

10% Prospectus and Bibliography

10% Presentation

25% Position Papers

30% Attendance and Class Participation


Possible Texts

Juliana Barr, Peace Came in the Form of A Woman

James Brooks, Captives and Cousins

Ned Blackhawk, Violence Over the Land

Dena Gonzlaez, Refusing the Favor

Guidotti-Hernández, Unspeakable Violence

Adina de Zavala, History and Legends of the Alamo and Other Missions in and around San Antonio

Jovita Gonzalez, Dew on the Thorn

Encarnación Pinedo, El Cocinero Español


Upper-division standing required.  Students may not enroll in more than two AMS 370 courses in one semester.

Flag(s): Writing


Duke University Press, Latin America Otherwise Series. Forthcoming, September 2011

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