Versos y Besos / Mapping Manuela / Marissa López

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This is one of six project components of Versos y Besos: The Anthrophony of Manuela García. Explore the other components here:

Introduction / Janice Ngan
The Responsibility of Sonic Transference / Janice Ngan & Britt Campbell
“Born in Los Angeles on Los Angeles Street”: A Poem for Manuela García / Amy Shimshon-Santo
The Female Voice Between Borders / Susie García
Our Shared History: The Revolutions of the Wax Cylinders / Delia Xóchitl Chávez

Marissa López
Marissa López is a Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. Her first book, Chicano Nations: The Hemispheric Origins of Mexican American Literature (2011), is about nationalism and Chicanx literature from the early-1800s to post-9/11. Her second book, Racial Immanence: Chicanx Bodies Beyond Representation (2019), pushes against the tendency of academic fields to read contemporary Chicanx culture as representative of Chicanx people. López instead focuses on how cultural producers grapple with the material experience of race, while turning to aesthetic projects as sites of connection. She is currently at work on a digital humanities mapping project titled “Picturing Mexican America” (PMA), which seeks to combat the systemic erasure of Chicanx history from Greater Los Angeles. PMA is funded by a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies.