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Ramirez Offers Lecture on Scientific Discourse in Latina Modernist Literature

By: Sherry Squires   Published 10:23 pm / September 24, 2017

Associate professor of English Dora Ramirez will present a lecture from her new book at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept 28, in the Student Diversity Center. Her lecture is titled  “‘A Gift from God’: Scientific Discourse in Latina Modernist Literature.”

Of her latest book, “Medical Imagery and Fragmentation: Modernism, Scientific Discourse and the Mexican/Indigenous Body, 1870-1940s,” Norma Cantu of Trinity University writes: “Dora Ramirez examines the writings of Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Teresa Urrea, Maria Cristina Mena and Josefina Niggli through the critical lens of contemporary medical environmental theories of the body and of the soul. She explodes the modernist concerns with the body and the soul by deploying an eclectic medical humanities and Chicana feminist analysis to highlight the contributions of these stars in the Chicanx literary heavens. Undoubtedly students and scholars of American literature and specifically Native American, Chicanx or Latinx literatures will find a treasure trove of observations and insights in Medical Imagery and Fragmentation: Modernism, Scientific Discourse, and the Mexican, Indigenous Body, 1870-1940s .”