The Construction of Postmodern Identity: The Hispanics in the United States

Dr. Matt Borden,
Dr. Mimi Yang,
Dr Beatriz Gomez
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This session deals with the construction of postmodern identity in the United States taking the Hispanics as a case in point. Three panelists are Hispanists by discipline and will present the theme from three different angles: historical, sociopolitical and literary. We will briefly review the most important aspects of the history of Hispanics in the U.S. to raise and contextualize the cross-cultural identity issue. Then, we will enter the modern and postmodern epoch to examine the sociopolitical interplay in dealing with the identity crisis and searching for a politically recognized Hispanic voice. We will also present how several contemporary U.S. Hispanic writers mirror the history, the sociopolitics, the immigrant experience, the struggle for identity, and the process of becoming American. The main activity in our workshop is to share with the audience in an interactive manner how presently all these themes and issues are presented in textbooks used in many U.S. universities. Above all, the political significance of inclusions and exclusions will be discussed. Furthermore, we will also demonstrate how history, identity and culture at large of this group is TREATED in the U.S. Hispanic writers' works. With the case of Hispanics in the U.S., we intend to engage the audience in an intercultural dialogue and to encourage them to relate to other diverse groups in other diverse societies.

Keywords: Hispanics, Identity
Stream: Identity, Belonging
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Matt Borden

Assistant Professor, Modern Languages Department, Carthage College

Dr. Mimi Yang

Associate Professor, The Humanities Division, Carthage College

Mimi Yang (Ph. D.) is an associate professor of Modern Languages and the Clausen Center for World Business at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA. She is multilingual in Chinese, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. A native of China, she majored in Spanish language and literature, earning a B. A. from Beijing University, and a M. A. and Ph. D. from the University of Arizona. Before coming to Carthage in 1996, she was a visiting assistant professor of Spanish at Illinois Wesleyan University. She also has held teaching posts at the University of Arizona, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, and Dartmouth College. A recipient of numerous scholarships and awards and a frequent speaker of national and international conferences, she is the author of a dozen of articles on literature, painting and pedagogy published in national and international journals. She won 2004 Wisconsin Global Educator Award.

Dr Beatriz Gomez

Assistant Professor of Spanish, Modern Languages Department, Carthage College

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