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Marta M. Caminero-Santangelo, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - English
Professor
Primary office:
785-979-2513
Bailey Hall
Room 320
University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 3128



Summary

I was born to Cuban immigrant parents in Canada, grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, earned my BA in English from Yale University and my PhD in English from UC Irvine. I came to KU as an Assistant Professor in 1997.

Teaching

I teach courses in U.S. Latinx literature, African-American literature, literature of social justice, and 20th Century U.S. literature

Teaching Interests

  • Latinx literature
  • African-American literature
  • Social Justice literature
  • 20th-Century American literature
  • U.S. Ethnic literature

Research

The central issue I address in my work on 20th century U.S. literary studies is the conjunction between literature, group identity, and what we might call activism, or the ability to promote social change. My research focuses on how these issues play themselves out in U.S. Latino/a literature. Recent literary scholarship has paid particular attention to how literature, understood broadly to include life-writing, oral histories, and testimonio, can contribute to "community" building, solidarity movements, social activism, and human rights struggles, and can thus play a role in inducing social change. It is this possibility that my scholarship is concerned with. My research is guided by an investment in making literary studies relevant to the "real"--to real, lived experiences--and in connecting what I do as a literary critic to larger discussions of effective social and political practices for groups that have experienced marginalization, disempowerment, or more extreme forms of oppression. As I see it, literature is one of many cultural forms that can participate in this larger discussion, because "good stories" tell powerful, engrossing narratives about who we are, what our place in the world is, what we can do about it, and what challenges we may face along the way. Literature can also introduce educated, middle-class audiences in the West to social crises far removed from them.

Research Interests

  • U.S. Latinx literature
  • Narratives of/about the undocumented
  • DREAMer / DACA narratives
  • Literature of Social Justice
  • Literature of trauma and testimony
  • Literature of Border Crossing

Service

In addition to University service, I work with immigrant rights organizations and give community presentations on U.S. Latino/a/x literature and culture and immigrant rights.

Selected Publications

Caminero-Santangelo, M. M. (in press). From Human Rights to Social Justice: Literature and the Struggle for a Better World. In , A Companion to World Literature.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (in press). Latina/o Literary Forms. In , A Companion to American Literature.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. & Jayasuriya, M. (2018). Making a Place: Life Narratives of Undocumented Youth. In , The Immigrant Experience. Salem Press.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (in press). Undocumented Immigration in U.S. Latino/a Literature. In , Cambridge History of Latina/o Literature.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. & Day, S. A. (2017). DREAMers: Youth and Migration / American DREAMers and Mexico. In , Modern Mexican Culture (pp. 25-45). Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (2016). Documenting the Undocumented: Latino Narrative and Social Justice in the Era of Operation Gatekeeper, University of Florida Press.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. & Gonzalez, J. M. (2016). Historias Transfronterizas: Contemporary U.S. Latino Literature of Migration . In , Cambridge Companion to Latino/a Literature.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. Oboler, S. & González, D. J. (2015). The New Sanctuary Movement. In , Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law and Social Movements. Oxford UP.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. Aparicio, F. & Bost, S. (2013). Latinidad. In , The Routledge Companion to Latina/o Literature (pp. 13-24). New York: Routledge.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (2012). Documenting the Undocumented: Life Narratives of Undocumented Immigrants. Biography, 35(3), 449-471.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (2012). Narrating the Non-Nation: Literary Journalism and Illegal' Border Crossings. Arizona Quarterly, 68(3), 157-176.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. Lippert, R. & Rehaag, S. (2012). The Voice of the Voiceless: Religious Rhetoric, Undocumented Immigrants, and the New Sanctuary Movement in the United States. In , Sanctuary Practices in International Perspectives: Migration, Citizenship and Social Movements. New York: Routledge.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (2011). Central Americans in the City: Goldman, Tobar, and the Question of Panethnicity. Contemporary Literary Criticism, 298, 217-230.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (2010). The Lost Ones: Post Gatekeeper Border Fiction and the Construction of Cultural Trauma. Latino Studies, 8 , 304-327.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (2009). At the Intersection of Trauma and Testimonio: Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones. Antípodas: Journal of Hispanic and Galician Studies, 5-26.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (2009). Central Americans in the City: Goldman, Tobar, and the Question of Panethnicity. LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory, 20.3, 173-95.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. & Boland, R. (2009). Moving Stories: Trauma and the Migrating Trujillo Narrative. Introduction to Antípodas: Journal of Hispanic and Galician Studies, 20, 1-3.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. & Boland, R. (2009). Trujillo, Trauma, Testimony: Mario Vargas Llosa, Julia Alvarez, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz and other writers on Hispaniola. Antípodas: Journal of Hispanic and Galician Studies, 20.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (2007). On Latinidad: US Latino Literature and the Construction of Ethnicity, Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. & Murphy, B. M. (2005). Multiple Personality and the Postmodern Subject: Theorizing Agency . In , Shirley Jackson: Essays on the Literary Legacy (pp. 52-80). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (2005). The Pleas of the Desperate: Collective Agency versus Magical Realism in Ana Castillo's So Far From God. Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, 24.1, 81-103.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (2004). Jasón's Indian: Mexican Americans and the Denial of Indigenous Ethnicity in Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 45.2, 115-128.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. & Bloom, H. (2004). Moving Beyond 'The Blank White Spaces': Atwood, Postmodernism, and Strategic Resistance. In , Bloom's Guides: Margaret Atwood's . Philadelphia: Chelsea House.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (2004). Puerto Rican Negro: Defining Race in Piri Thomas's Down These Mean Streets. MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.), 29.2, 205-226.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. & Genova, P. A. (2003). Contesting the Boundaries of 'Exile' Latino/a Literature. In , Twayne Companion to Contemporary World Literature (pp. 825-834). New York, NY: Twayne; Thomson Gale.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (2002). Margarita Engle, Cuban American Conservatism, and the Construction of (Left) U.S. Latino/a Ethnicity. Lit: Literature / Interpretation / Theory, 13.4, 249-267.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (2000). Contesting the Boundaries of 'Exile' Latino/a Literature. World Literature Today, 74.3, 507-517.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. Dale, C. & Paine, J. (1998). Beyond Otherness: Negotiated Identities and Viramontes's The Cariboo Cafe. In , Women on the Edge: Ethnicity and Gender in Short Stories by American Women (pp. 19-33). New York: Garland Publishing.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. & Boland, R. (1998). Cultural Collisions and Cultural Crossings: Psychic Borderlands in the Works of Julia Alvarez, Manlio Argueta and Alfredo Conde. Introduction to Antípodas: Journal of Hispanic and Galician Studies, 10, 9-11.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. & Boland, R. (1998). Cultural Collisions and Cultural Crossings: Psychic Borderlands in the Works of Julia Alvarez, Manlio Argueta, and Alfredo Conde. Antípodas: Journal of Hispanic and Galician Studies, 10.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (1998). Speaking for Others: Problems of Representation in the Novels of Julia Alvarez. Antípodas: Journal of Hispanic and Galician Studies, 10, 53-66.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (1998). The Madwoman Can't Speak: Or Why Insanity Is Not Subversive, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (1996). Beyond Otherness: Negotiated Identities and Viramontes's The Cariboo Cafe . Journal of the Short Story in English , 29-42.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (1996). Multiple Personality and the Postmodern Subject: Theorizing Agency. Lit: Literature / Interpretation / Theory, 7, 63-86.

Caminero-Santangelo, M. (1996). The Madwoman Can't Speak: Post-War Culture, Feminist Criticism, and Welty's June Recital. Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, 15.1, 123-146.


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