My name is Victoria Valdez and I am currently a Literature and Cultural Studies Student in the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley English Masters Program.
Academic Weaknesses: Richard Delgado’s Development of Weakness in Academic Discourse
Richard Delgado’s article “The Imperial Scholar: Reflections: On a Review of Civil Rights Literature” develops his argument that diverse scholar inclusion in papers has not been focused nor has it increased in numbers. He not only elaborates on his own experiences in his field of study but the scholarship of academic researchers who fail to see the harm in only publishing white male research. Delgado argues that this exclusion of diversity and minorities in academic research does more harm than intended, and awareness is not enough to develop an in-depth and nonexploitative commentary on minority issues.
In his piece “Discourse on Colonialism”, Aime Cesaire blatantly and repeatedly states how colonialism has turned colonizers into the thing they aimed to conquer: filthy, bloody savages. Throughout his piece, Cesaire establishes that ironically these colonizing entities have established and turned into what they criticize others for the most. His arguments ring true not only throughout the history of race in America in his publication in late 1900’s but in the contemporary US where neo-nazi’s are praised for their politeness while they condemn and argue for the “cleansing” of society. Cesaire’s views of those “cultures” and “civilizations” that withdraw into themselves reveal important commentary that can be applied to and see in America’s contemporary events.
The genre of Chicana humor has not been thoroughly examined and has excluded a critical perspective of literature and cultural studies. As a performance artist María Elena Gaitán has not only subverted the Eurocentric and patriarchal discourse of theater but her piece The Adventures of Connie Chancla reveals how Chicana humor studies is a comedy act of resistance written by a woman for women.
From Stephen Graham Jones’s website, it is clear horror, sci-fi, and thrillers are his jam. The website title is demon theory, but not everything on there is that scary. (Just the mention of Trump) Any visitor of his website can tell – Jones doesn’t mess around (too much) when it comes to horror and thriller novels. He has published over 100 short stories, and won several awards. Writing may not have been his ultimate goal but according to his website, Jones when asked “WHY WRITE? Because [he] can’t help it” (Demontheory.net/faq).
While my previous analysis of Kevin Bruyneel’s first part of The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S. Indigenous Relations offered an understatement of the point of his book, my understanding of this second section, or the last part is more comprehensive. Although his novel still reminds me of an in-depth textbook that focuses on specific moments of history involving the US and Indigenous peoples, the issues he brings up are unresolved and important to understanding ‘third-space’ identities.
While Kevin Bruyneel’s novel The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S. – Indigenous Relations, as a whole, is an important read, the section “A Complicated Relationship” is critical to understanding US and tribal relations. Bruyneel discusses various points in history where the tribal nations stood their ground and demanded action from the US government, this section relates to the reader the importance of how the latter sees the Native peoples.