U. S.-Mexico Border Theory & Literature /
Southwest History / Cultural Studies
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"Vilanova's Border Texts is rich and multifaceted study that blends literary and cultural studies, economics, history, and the sociology of immigration studies. This complex and highly readable study opens a terrain to understand how Mexican based border writers, theorists, and cultural producers articulate the ever growing discourse of those on the Otro Lado (the other side) of the U.S line of empire and provides a rich and compelling side of border cultures from South to El Norte, rather than its reverse. As such, Vilanova's study brings to the fore voices of Mexican based border writers and cultural producers adds to the rich epistemic and political shibboleth of post-contemporary U.S. border theory and studies."

Arturo Aldama, Chair
Ethnic Studies
University of Colorado

Border Texts: Writing Fiction From Northern Mexico
Núria Vilanova
$22.00 | 2007

Núria Vilanova's dynamic  project studies the relationship between the Mexico-U.S. border and some of the fiction produced in the area. What are the different presences of the border within these texts? Is the border so powerful as to permeate the aesthetics and literary discourse of such texts? Can the always evolving multidimensional space of the border shape the making of fiction? After a review of border dynamics within the Mexico-U.S. context, with a look at border and Chicano studies, Border Texts explores the fiction of Jesús Gardea and Luis Humberto Crosthwaite. 

Núria Vilanova teaches Latin American Culture, Literature and Cinema at American University, Washington, DC, where she serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor World Languages and Cultures. Her research is devoted to the impact of social change and migration on cultural production. She works on textual and cinematic narratives of violence, inequality and poverty, particularly in the Andean region and the Mexican-US border. After completing her PhD at the University of Liverpool, UK (1993), Vilanova lived and worked in several Latin American countries for over fifteen years. She has also taught in Europe. She is the author of Border Texts: Writing Fiction from Northern Mexico (San Diego University Press, 2007) and The Impact of Social Change upon Peruvian Literature (1970-1990) (Edwin Mellen, 1998). She is currently working on a third book about the representation of indigenous peoples on Latin American cinema. She joined American University in 2009.

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