GuestBlog: My personal journey to ChicanX Studies by Sarah Jenischewski

As with so many other passions and hobbies, you cannot explain where they are coming from as long as you do not simply inherit them from your family. For this reason, I have no idea where my lifelong interest in Spanish speaking countries, cultures and people has come from. Fact is, my soft spot for […]

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English con SALSA

  Gina Valdés, ‘English con salsa,’ Revista Chicana-Riqueña/The Americas Review, 21 (1993) The SALSA panel at this year’s IAAS and BAAS conference addressed the ways in which Spanish (as well as other languages) is used in contemporary American/Américan fiction and sought to challenge the often Anglo-centric direction of such discussions at American Studies conferences on […]

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The Subversive Form and Content of Ana Castillo’s The Mixquiahuala Letters

As part of the SALSA Collective’s panel at next month’s IBAAS conference, I will be discussing prolific Chicana author Ana Castillo’s first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters (1986). Reading the text through the lens of Castillo’s theoretical writings on Xicanisma (the author’s coinage for Chicana feminism), I will explore how the novel’s form and content work […]

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Guest Blog: Helena Maria Viramontes and Me, by Niamh McNamara

The heady rush of political, cultural and social upheaval is forever linked to the 1960s and 1970s. The growing strengths of the Civil Rights movements in the United States saw hundreds of thousands of people gather together in protest against injustice and inequality. In the Californian countryside, Mexican American migrant farmworkers were making history with […]

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The Rebozo in Art, Culture & Fashion

“The rebozo reflects the intersection of native culture, the colonial era, and contemporary and political life in Mexico.” –FTM  ‘Made in Mexico’ Exhibit Last week, the SALSA crew headed to London to check out the #MadeInMexico exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. The exhibition revolves around the rebozo, a type of Mexican shawl, and its […]

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