Geoff Guevara-Geer publishes article in journal Chasqui

Geoff Guevara-Geer, associate professor of Spanish, had an article published in the November 2021 issue of the journal Chasqui, meaning an Inca messenger, in Volume 50, Number 2.

“The relación between Hispanics, the Body, and American University: Genre Trouble in Spanglish and Real Women Have Curves” discusses Latina college applicants as they write their Personal Statements, as per 21st-century films.

“I argue that, for cultural reasons, these young women’s statements, and the films they’re in, are molded by the colonial genre of the relación,” Guevara-Geer says. “In the relación, a subordinate writes to a far-away authority to curry favor, but that these Latinas break the mold by prioritizing the body, the female body, in a rhetorical move unthinkable in that colonial genre.

“Such an article might push us to reconsider how our young applicants view themselves as they write their way into Ripon College.”

Guevara-Geer graduated from Ripon College in 1992 and received his master’s and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He’s been teaching at Ripon since 2004.

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