Borderland Biopolitics Public Health and Border Enforcement in Early Twentieth-Century Latinx Fiction

Title

Borderland Biopolitics Public Health and Border Enforcement in Early Twentieth-Century Latinx Fiction

Creator

Bracken R C

Publisher

English Language Notes

Date

2018
2018-10

Description

This article situates early twentieth-century Latinx fiction within the intertwined histories of public health and border surveillance along the Rio Grande to reveal a "borderland biopolitics" unique to the US-Mexico border region. Drawing on three early twentieth-century novels-Daniel Venegas's Adventures of Don Chipote, Americo Paredes's George Washington Gomez, and Jovita Gonzalez and Eve Raleigh's Caballero- it adds another layer of historical nuance to studies of Latinx literature by demonstrating the profound, pervasive influence that epidemiological science and public health policy have had in shaping national identity politics in the borderlands. Because militarized border control evolves from public health efforts, reframing analyses of Latinx fiction to read for public health provides fresh insight into institutionalized forms of discrimination and social injustice that continue to condition Latinx lives in the US-Mexico borderlands.

Subject

Literature; public-health; biopolitics; border; citizenship; control; medicalized nativism

Format

Journal Article or Conference Abstract Publication

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Pages

28-43

Issue

2

Volume

56

Citation

Bracken R C, “Borderland Biopolitics Public Health and Border Enforcement in Early Twentieth-Century Latinx Fiction,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed January 26, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/8705.

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