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Geographies of Identity: Mapping, Crossing, and Transgressing Urban and Human Boundaries

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Esther Álvarez López is Senior Lecturer at the University of Oviedo, where she teaches American Literature. Her research interests include American literature, gender and ethnicity, cultural studies, and film. She has participated in numerous I+D research projects and is currently co-PI of “Embodied encounters and alternative knowledges: living and creating the city” and PI of European Commission Marie Curie research project GRACE. She has co-edited the volumes Jóvenes I+D+F (2005) and Tramas postmodernas: voces literarias para una década (1990-2000); En/clave de frontera: Homenaje al Profesor Urbano Viñuela Angulo (2007); and Diasporic Women’s Writing of the Black Atlantic. (En)Gendering Literature and Performance (Routledge, 2014). From 2011-2014 she was Managing Editor of Atlantis. Journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies, and is currently Secretary of the Spanish Association for American Studies (SAAS).

 

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Spatial categories and images are essential for the construction of identity. Human cartographies, defined as much by race as by ethnicity, gender, and class, can be explored through a “geographics of identity” that articulates the mappings of territories and borders, and the dialectic terrains of interior and exterior, center and margin.

Geographies of Identity: Mapping, Crossing, and Transgressing Urban and Human Boundaries aims at marking the city/the urban as an important demarcation in the geographies of Chicana/o and Latina/o identity. It attempts to explore how this identity is shaped by city life, its attendant human encounters, interactions, and affects, its spatial and mental (dis)locations, by the crossing of physical and emotional borders, and the transgression of real and imaginary –literary and artistic– boundaries.

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