Label Me Latina/o Spring 2012 Volume II

February 20, 2012 edited by Michele Shaul and Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez
Filed under: Spring, Volume II (2012) 


Water as Creator and Destroyer of Dreams and (Hyper)Realities: Hydro Symbolism in the Works of Roberto G. Fernández

By David de Posada

David de Posada is an Associate Professor of French and Spanish at Georgia College. He earned his Ph.D. in French Literature with a minor in contemporary Spanish Peninsular Women Writers and U.S. Latino Writers from The Florida State University. He also holds graduate degrees from Florida International University (M.S., Modern Language Education) and from the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France (D.E.A., French Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies). His research interests include poetry of the French Renaissance, poetry of Diaspora and exile, French and Spanish pedagogy and U.S. Latino writers of Caribbean descent. Professor de Posada’s most recent publications include “Operatic Transposition and the Romantic Aesthetic,” published in Caribe, a journal of Caribbean literature and culture, where he explores the role of opera in character development in the works of Cuban-American author Roberto G. Fernández. His essay, “Operational (Hyper)realities in the Exilic Labyrinth: Roberto G. Fernández’s Construction and Destruction of Identity through Parodic Simulacra,” appears in R. DeRosa’s Simulation in Media and Culture: Believing the Hype.  His current research focuses on the poetics of exile and disconnectivity in the Roman sonnets of Joachim DuBellay.


How to Redesign the Chicana Image: Serros’s How to Be a Chicana Role Model, the Internet and Popular Culture

By Angélica Lozano-Alonso

Angélica Lozano-Alonso is an Associate Professor of Modern Languages at Furman University.  She received her PhD in Hispanic Literature from Cornell University in 2001. Her research interests are late 20th century Mexican and Chicano literature with a focus on women’s studies and cultural studies. She coauthored Reframing Modern Latin America (University of Texas Press 2007) and has written articles on Mexican and Latino Literature. Most recently she coauthored the chapter on Latin American Literature in the fourth edition of Understanding Contemporary Latin America (Lynne Rienner Publishers 2011). She enjoys introducing students to Chicana/o literature in her Crossing Borders/Rites of Passage First Year Writing Seminar.

Michele Serros’ website referenced in the article


Hybridizing Modernism: Américo Paredes and the Revisionist Corrido

By Andrew Ball

Andrew Ball received a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Purdue University’s Philosophy and Literature program. His dissertation, The Economy of Redemption in American Culture: Literature, Theology, Politics examines how the development of modern capitalism reshaped the concepts and practices prevailing in the Protestant Church. Through an analysis of illustrative works of literature, he shows that the conflicts of capital and labor at the turn of the century were waged in largely soteriological terms, in service to notions of redemption that were implicitly based in variant systems of political economy. His research interests include modern American literature, continental philosophy, the history of social Christianity in America, liberation theology, Marxism, and the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. Andrew is also a co-founder of the North American Levinas Society (


Gendered Spaces and Subject Formation in ‘The Moths’ by Helena María Viramontes

By Jennifer A. Colón

Jennifer A. Colón earned a PhD in Hispanic Literature and a minor in Critical Theory from Florida State University. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. Her research interests include contemporary short fiction by women and technology integration in second language acquisition.


“Trawling in Silences”: Finding Humanity in the Páginas en Blanco of History in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

By Pamela Rader

Associate Professor of English, Dr. Pamela J. Rader is a member of the English department at Georgian Court University, a liberal arts university in New Jersey, where she teaches world, women’s, and multi-ethnic literatures. Through an annual conference on campus, she also promotes undergraduate research and scholarship, encouraging students to participate in conferences. Since Dr. Rader completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she continues to present and publish internationally on the works of Sandra Cisneros, Maryse Condé, Edwidge Danticat, Louise Erdrich, Marjane Satrapi, and other contemporary writers. Her current book project includes productive silences in literature.


Polyphony and Heteroglossia in Narratives with Ulterior Motives in Rosario Ferré’s Sweet Diamond Dust

By Oralia Preble-Niemi

Oralia Preble-Niemi received the doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, specializing in Ibero-American Literature. Her dissertation was on poetic expression in the works by Miguel Angel Asturias. She is Professor Emerita from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she was Professor of Spanish and Department Head of Foreign Languages and Literatures until her retirement. She has published numerous articles as parts of edited books and in scholarly journals in the United States and abroad. She has also presented scholarly papers at regional, national and international conferences. She is co-editor of the homage to Janet Perez, El sujeto femenino en escritoras hispánicas as well as of Ilustres autores guatemaltecos de los siglos 19 y 20 and editor of Afrodita en el trópico: Erotismo y construcción del sujeto femenino en obras de autoras centroamericanas, and of Cien años de magia: Ensayos críticos sobre la obra de Miguel Angel Asturias. She has also contributed numerous essays to literary encyclopedias, such as Reference Guide to World Literature, Feminist Encyclopedia of Spanish Literature, and Feminist Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature. In addition she has translated two novels, and three collections of poetry, and selected poems by a group of Central American female poets which will shortly be published.


Creative Essay



By Marcela T Garcés

Marcela T. Garcés is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.  She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 2010. Her dissertation was titled (Re)membering the Madrid Movida: Life, Death, and Legacy in the Contemporary Corpus.  Her research interests include Spanish cultural studies, film, museum studies, fashion and contemporary art. She has engaged in creative writing since she was a child, and her poetry has been published in Grafemas, El Boletín de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH). Creative writing provides a forum in which she explores the spaces in between the cultures that have shaped her: the United States, Spain and Colombia.




that Great Amurkan Prophet/Patriot

By Steven Alvarez

Steven Alvarez is originally from Safford, Arizona. He studied English and creative writing at the University of Arizona and at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His poetry has appeared in Fence, Drunken Boat, Shampoo, and was recognized by the Poetry Society of America’s Poems of Times Square. His first novel The Pocho Codex: Piercing an Amurkan Poetic Historiography was published by Editorial Paroxismo in 2011.




By R.E. Toledo

R.E. Toledo was born and raised in Mexico City. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 with a B.S. in Communications and an M.A. in Spanish from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2002. She is currently a Spanish lecturer at the Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures Department of the University of Tennessee. Her research and writing interests lay on woman and gender issues, and socio-economic and cultural differences, racism and immigration issues in México and the U.S. She started the Cinema Club and the Creative Writing workshop in Spanish at Casa HoLa, in East Tennessee. In addition, she has contributed for the Spanish Newspaper Hola Tennessee and for Revista Esperanza in México City. In 2010 she hosted “De Todo un Poco” a Community Service Spanish radio show. She is currently pursuing a MFA in creative writing in Spanish at NYU.


Razones para escribir

By Rafael Ortiz-Calderón

Rafael Ortiz-Calderón nació en Tehuixtla, un pueblito del estado de Morelos, México. Actualmente reside en Chicago Illinois desde 1988. Posee una maestría en Literatura hispánica. Algunos poemas, relatos y artículos suyos han aparecido en revistas literarias como Contratiempo y la Revista literaria de la Universidad de Guadalajara. Trabaja como profesor de español en diversas instituciones de enseñanza superior en el área de Chicago. A lo largo de su vida, Rafael  ha participado en varios talleres literarios, entre ellos el de poesía de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UNAM dirigido por Salvador Elizondo. Rafael ha sido miembro fundador del taller literario que dio origen a la actual revista cultural Contratiempo que ha tenido gran aceptación en la comunidad latina de Chicago.


Short Story


Back and Forth

By Daisy Abreu

Daisy Christina Abreu is a first generation Cuban-American born and raised in West New York, New Jersey. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Hartford, is a candidate for an MFA in Creative Writing at Fairfield University and is co-editor of creative non-fiction for the online literary journal, Mason’s Road. Daisy lives in New Haven, Connecticut where she is the Deputy Director of the Town Green Special Services District and serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute Library and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.


An Unforgettable Summer

By Liliana Wendorff

Liliana Wendorff was born and raised in Piura, Peru, in a bilingual, bicultural home. Her father was American, and her mother was Peruvian. Liliana immigrated to the United States in the 1970s. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with MA and Ph.D. degrees in Spanish-American Literature. Currently, Liliana chairs the Foreign Languages Department at Queens University of Charlotte. Her research interests deal with contemporary Peruvian narrative. She has published short stories, critical essays, and a book on Mario Vargas Llosa’s La tía Julia y el escribidor. Liliana has two children, Hermann and Elizabeth, and one grandchild, Thomas. She resides in Charlotte, NC.



By Lauren Espinoza

Lauren Espinoza is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Creative Writing and a Mexican-American Studies Graduate Certificate at the University of Texas Pan-American. Her work has been published in an anthology selected by Naomi Shihab Nye entitled Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25.