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A Tale of Two Sisters: Feminist Interventions in Borderlands History

Thursday, March 8, 2012
5:00 AM
3222 Angell Hall

Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, American Studies, University of Texas, Austin

Nicole Guidotti-Hernández is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin and the author of Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexico Imaginaries (Duke, 2011). Focusing on the very different lives of two sisters in the late 19th century U.S.-Mexico borderlands, Professor Guidotti-Hernández’s lecture will treat the role of gendered, sexual and racialized shame in shaping the subjectivities of women who once occupied the upper rungs of society before the arrival of the railroad and how their falls from grace were linked to the local economic ruin brought thereafter.