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Latina/o Studies

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Latina/o Studies Program
Ross Hall 108
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 4297
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307)766-4127
Fax: (307)766-2555
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Name: Dr. Vanessa Fonseca


Title: Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies and English

Bio: Vanessa Fonseca joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming in 2013. She teaches courses in Chicano Literature, Transnational Literature of the Americas, and Non-Western Women Writers. Her research focuses on contemporary manifestations of colonial relationships in Chicano literary and cultural production, looking specifically at the effects of multiple layers of colonial relationships from the Spanish colonial period to the present. She currently is working on a co-edited book project which examines the international presence of Chicano literature.



Ph.D: Spanish Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Chicano literature. Arizona State University

M.A.: Hispanic Southwest Studies. University of New Mexico

B.A.: Spanish with a minor in Business Management. University of New Mexico



Latina/o Studies




In Preparation:

   Fonseca, Vanessa. Contemporary Manifestations of Colonial Relationships in Chicano/a

            Literary and Cultural Production, 1610-2009. Book manuscript.

   Fonseca, Vanessa. “Don Juan de Oñate and the Vestiges of Colonial Power in The Last Conquistador            

            (2008) by John J. Valadez and Cristina Ibarra.”

   Fonseca, Vanessa. “Regionalism and Rivalries in Jesús Salvador Treviño’s Eyewitness: A Filmmakers            

            Memoir of the Chicano Movement.”

   Rosales, Jesús and Vanessa Fonseca, eds. Spanish Perspectives on Chicano Literature: Literary and          

            Cultural Essays. Book manuscript.




Refereed Journal Articles:

Fonseca, Vanessa, 2011. “El espacio de la Libertad y la héroe chicana en González and Daughter Trucking Co. de María Amparo Escandón.” Puentes. 8: (Spring) 80-90.

Refereed Chapters in Books:

Fonseca, Vanessa, 2012. “Rosaura Sánchez: crítica marxista y máxima expresión del La Jolla Circle: sus contribuciones a la crítica chicana, la sociolingüística y la recuperación de la obra decimonónica de María Amparo Ruiz de Burton.” In: Chican@s y mexican@s norten@s: Bi-Borderlands Dialogues on Literary and Cultural Production, eds. Graciela Silva-Rodríguez and Manuel de Jesús Hernández-G. 73-110.

Fonseca, Vanessa, 2014. “El legado cultural nuevomexicano en los pueblos abandonados: los cuentos del valle de Río Puerco y Atarque. Nuevo México en Recuerdos de los viejitos: Tales from the Río Puerco (1987) de Nasarío García y Atarque: Now All is Silent (2007) de Pauline Chávez-Bent.” In: Crossing the Borders of Imagination, ed. María del Mar Torrijos. Alcalá de Henares, Spain: Instituto Franklin. 203-216.

Fonseca, Vanessa, Forthcoming. “Images, Identities and Realities in Romance of a Little Village Girl (1955) and Canícula: Snapshots of Girlhood en la frontera (1995).” In: Word Images: A Norma Elía Cantú Reader, ed. Gabriela Gutiérrez y Muhs.

Fonseca, Vanessa, Forthcoming. “La intersección de la vida política y literaria en las novelas Al filo del agua (1947) y Las vueltas del tiempo (1973) de Agustín Yañez.” Bold Heroes and Noble Bandidas, ed. Gary Keller. Bilingual Review Press.


Courses teaching:

Spring 2015       CHST 4470/ENGL4470/RELI4500: Chicano Folklore

Spring 2015       CHST 3560: Chicano Community Organization

Fall 2014          ENGL 3610/WMST3610/CHST 4990: Non-Western Women Writers

Fall 2014          CHST 2360/ENGL 2360: Mexican-American Literature

Summer 2014   CHST 1100: Introduction to Chicano Studies

Spring 2014      CHST 2360/ENGL2360/SPAN 4990: Mexican-American Literature

Spring 2014      CHST 3200/ENGL 3200/WMST 3200: Chicana Perspectives

Fall 2013          ENGL 4600: Studies in the Transnational Picaresque



Contact Information:

Office: Latina/o Studies, Ross Hall 118


Office phone: (307) 766-1999

Name: Dr. Vanessa Fonseca

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