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NEH Grant Seeks Participants to Study Literature and Art of South Texas Women

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Dr. Susan Roberson, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Interim Women and Gender Studies Director, earned $99,755 for a project entitled, “Towards an Aesthetics of South Texas Women Artists” from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Towards an Aesthetics of South Texas Women Artists will study the underrepresented voices of women writers and artists from South Texas.

“We propose to articulate a paradigm by which to discuss and characterize South Texas women’s art and literature in relation to the area, the larger traditions of women’s regionalist writing and art, and national discourses of nationhood,” Roberson said.

Grant activity will include seminars, continuity book groups and a symposium. A new course on South Texas Women that will engage students in questioning hierarchies of gender and race will also be created.

Roberson is currently seeking participants who are faculty at A&M-Kingsville or public school teachers from the local surrounding area.

“We will join readings in literary and feminist theory with readings of primary texts suh as the fiction by Norma Cantú, Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, the South Texas stories of Sandra Cisneros in Woman Hollering Creek, and the pictorial narratives of artists Santa Barraza and Carmen Lomas Garza during the first seminar led by Norma Cantú,” Roberson said.

Participants will convene during the fall, spring, and summer semesters in continuity book group meetings that marry theory with art.

“Maria Cotera, a scholar on Chicana feminisms, will facilitate one of the discussions and make a public presentation in her field of expertise,” Roberson said.   

Participants will be asked to prepare presentations for a public symposium and pieces for a special edition of the Jornal of South Texas.

“The final activity of the grant will be a symposium that features a keynote address by noted scholar Maria Herrera-Sobek,” she added.

Interested individuals may fill out the participant application form and submit it to Dr. Susan Roberson at or the Department of Language and Literature, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX 78363.

Click here to access the participant application form: 

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2017.

For more information contact Dr. Susan Roberson at (361) 593-2012. 

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