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    "What more sci-fi than the Santo Domingo?": El uso de los géneros de ciencia ficción/fantasía y las creencias populares para navegar la identidad de la diáspora dominicana en The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao de Junot Díaz
    (2022) Paredes, Daniel; Michelotti, Graciela
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao trata sobre un joven dominicano estadounidense, Oscar, que está obsesionado con la ciencia ficción y la fantasía; lee cómics, juega juegos considerados "nerd" y le encanta escribir historias de fantasía. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao no es una novela de ciencia ficción/fantasía, pero Junot Díaz hace referencia a la ciencia ficción, la fantasía, y las creencias populares para hablar de las historias de sus personajes dominicano-estadounidenses. Díaz utiliza los géneros de la ciencia ficción y la fantasía para alejarse de las representaciones existentes de la historia dominicana con el fin de presentar una nueva realidad dominicano-estadounidense que no se centre en la dictadura.
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    La memoria traumática en el cine de horror en España: los niños como monstruos
    (2022) Witkin, Aaron Ettinger; Michelotti, Graciela
    This paper uses three Spanish films, El espíritu de la colmena (Spirit of the Beehive, 1973), ¿Quién puede matar a un niño? (Who Can Kill a Child, 1976), and El espinazo del diablo (The Devil's Backbone, 2001) to analyze the horror genre's relation to the Spanish Civil War and Franco dictatorship. All three films connect a child character to the monster character typical of the genre in order to trace Spain's transition from dictatorship to stable democracy, each film being informed by the time of its release. The connection between the child and monster also serves as a method to recuperate the memory of Spain's traumatic past and question the standard roles of children in film.
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    La fabricación de un ícono caribeño en el béisbol
    (2021) Wilcox, Jonathan; Gómez Unamuno, Aurelia
    My thesis highlights the fabrication of a Caribbean icon in the sport of baseball. Through the use of various documentaries, films, and literature, my research shows how difficult it is for these players to achieve greatness in baseball and the various struggles they face due to racism and Americanization.
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    La Jerusalén argentina: Movilidad y memoria de Moisés Ville
    (2021) Weisberg, Joseph M.; Huberman, Ariana
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    Imaginaciones de una pampa alternativa: Multiplicidad y futuro en Distancia de rescate y Las aventuras de la China Iron
    (2021) Hall, Allison; Michelotti, Graciela
    Using a decolonial framework based in ecological and queer values, this thesis analyzes the role of the environment of the pampa intwo contemporary Argentine novels, Distancia de rescate (2014) and Las aventuras de la China Iron (2017). Influential in the creation and development of Argentine national identity, the pampa occupies an important role in the imagination and culture of the country. First exploring the physical and cultural construction of this environment in the nineteenth century, this thesis then examines each of the two novels and how they portray the past, present, and future of the natural space. Distancia de rescate, a terror-ridden novel written by Samanta Schweblin in 2014, presents a dis-futurized vision of today's pampa as having been destroyed, both environmentally and culturally, by the homogenizing imposition of soy monoculture. In the novel, the natural environment is saturated with toxic chemicals which make impossible the characters' escape from contamination and illness, thus removing the possibility of an empathetic future from the landscape. In response to this apocalyptic image of the pampa in the contemporary world, Las aventuras de la China Iron, written by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara in 2017, returns to a foundational poem in the construction of Argentina and its national imagery, El gaucho Martín Fierro (José Hernández, 1872), reorienting it towards the ecological and the queer to create an alternate possibility for the future of the pampa and for Argentine national identity. By proposing alternative historical roots which employ pleasure and multiplicity to open up spatial freedoms, Cabezón Cámara effectively re-futurizes the pampa.