CCHS Faculty Research Forum: Gabriela Nunez, Dept of English

When Oct 02, 2009
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Bingham Humanities Bldg, Room 300
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Faculty Research Forum presents a talk by Gabriela Nunez, Department of English

"From Domestic to Detective: Racialized and Gendered Labor in Chicana Crime Fiction"

  • Friday, 2 October, 2009
  • 3:30 pm
  • Bingham Humanities Bldg, Room 300


About the talk:
While representations of racialized domestic workers in crime television, film, and literature often conflate women workers with a criminal element, some Chicana/o crime fiction presents a more complex depiction, thus reconfiguring mainstream definitions of crime and justice. This talk examines the ways that Lucha Corpi's detective fiction foregrounds the violent and exploitative working conditions for undocumented Mexican domestic workers in the United States. Reading Corpi's work in relation to contemporary anti-immigrant discourses in legal and public spheres that criminalize Latinas/os emphasizes the importance of literary representations of social problems. 

Faculty Research Forum presents talks by U of L faculty and occasional guests to an interdisciplinary audience in an informal setting, often characterized by lively discussion and always by collegiality.  The Forum, a project of the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, is free and open to all: faculty, students, staff, and the public.  REFRESHMENTS ARE SERVED.