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Miriam Fernandez

Miriam Fernandez

Assistant Professor,

Contact

Assistant Professor
English
Office Phone(909) 537-5832
Office LocationUH-301.18

Office Hours

Sunday:
Monday:
Tuesday: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday:
Thursday: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday:
Saturday:

Education

University of California, Los Angeles: BA in Sociology

California State University, Fresno: MA in English

Washington State University: PhD in English, Rhetoric and Composition 

Courses/Teaching

English 105A-106A: Accelerated Stretch Composition I & II

English 107: Advanced First Year Composition

English 240: Writing in the Public Sphere

English 609: Perspectives on Research

English 633: The Western Rhetorical Tradition I

Specialization

Classical Rhetoric; Contemporary Rhetorical Theory; Mexican History; Latinx and Chicanx Rhetorics; Chicana Rhetoric; Epideictic Rhetoric

Research and Teaching Interests

My current work studies the construction of Mexican nationalism in the early nineteenth century, I focus on the rhetorics that helped create and support nationality. Rather than study the Mexican nation as a broad construction, I look at the particulars. I analyze the ideological tropes that support the people’s imagination of a nation. Such as the story of a translator in the sixteenth century, named Malintzin, who is turned into a national traitor in the nineteenth century; or like the story of la Virgin de Guadalupe who is constructed by Criollos in Mexico in the seventeenth century; or the story of a weeping woman who foretells the destruction of her people and is later turned into a boogey-woman story that maintains patriarchal order through fear. I analyze how these ideological tropes play a role in the maintenance of nationalism. This is important because the way in which nations are imagined (created) leads to the way that nations imagine us, too. My work breaks down the mythic aspect of nation/nationalism to understand how people are constructed as citizens and subjects of the nation—and how these constructions lead to the marginalization of certain bodies, languages, and histories.