American Studies
American Studies

Public Talk: Melanie Walsh of Cornell University: "Networks of Literary Protest: Mapping Mango Street’s Remediated Route"

Fri, February 21, 2020 | GWB 2.206

11:30 AM

Public Talk: Melanie Walsh of Cornell University:

Networks of Literary Protest: Mapping Mango Street’s Remediated Route

 

In this talk, I will map the various physical and digital networks that were fundamental to the Librotraficante Movement, a U.S. protest movement that rallied against a 2010 Arizona ban on ethnic studies classes. I will specifically examine how the Librotraficantes (or “book smugglers”) championed Sandra Cisneros’s coming-of-age novel The House on Mango Street (1984), touting the text at protest rallies as well as in YouTube videos and blog posts. To trace Mango Street’s remediated route, I will draw on digital methods such as web archiving, geospatial mapping, and computational analysis. As I argue in my larger book project, the internet and social media have expanded the social and political possibilities of literary texts, and to understand this history demands digital methods and new courses of study.

 

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