Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
Dr. Anne Castro
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Dr. Anna Luszczynska
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Dr. Michael Grafals
Third Advisor's Committee Title
Chincanx Literature, Gloria Anzaldua, Politics, Spirituality
Date of Defense
SPIRITUAL ACTIVISM AND POLITICAL SOLIDARITY IN SO FAR FROM GOD AND MOTHER TONGUE: TWO VIEWS BY TWO AUTHORS
Jean Paul Russo
Florida International University, 2020
Professor Anne Castro, Major Professor
This thesis focuses on the intersection between spirituality and political action in the works of two Latinx authors, Demetria Martinez and Ana Castillo. Building on Gloria Anzaldua’s theories of trauma, narrative, and what she terms ‘conocimiento,’ I contend that the novels So Far From God, and Mother Tongue, present an alternative approach to political action that is derived from a common experience of suffering and trauma as experienced by Latina communities. The political actions in the two novels and the ideas which inspire those actions, are born out of a need for solidarity between individuals, and are founded upon the idea that politics ought to be inspired by the spiritual lives and beliefs of individuals, as it is a central aspect of their identity.
Russo, Jean Paul, "Spiritual Activism and Political Solidarity in So Far From God and Mother Tongue: Two Views By Two Authors" (2020). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4461.
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