Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Vanessa K. Sohan

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Anne Castro

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Luke Thominet

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


oral history, counterstory, latinx, cultural rhetoric, podcasting, Gloria Anzaldua, graduate students

Date of Defense



“Storying Reality” aims to preserve counterstories told by Latinx graduate students in Florida International University’s English graduate program through the recordings of oral history interviews which have been compiled into a podcast of the same name. This thesis emphasizes enacting the methodology of counterstory through the method of oral history as a way to fill the gap in FIU’s archive regarding Latinx graduate students’ experiences. This thesis also serves as a way of engaging with counterstory through the underutilized modality of sound. The podcast features a close-reading of Gloria Anzaldúa’s use of counterstory in Borderlands, five oral history interviews, and a reflection on the interview process. The written portion of this thesis explains the theoretical frameworks utilized, the methods for creating the podcast, and transcripts of the interviews.





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