Mayra Cano

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Areas of Interest:
Latinx/Chicanx literature, 20th & 21st century American literature, Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, Trauma Theory, Media Studies.

B.A. English and Chicano Studies, California State University Fresno

Mayra Cano is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Notre Dame, where she is a Joseph Gaia Distinguished Fellow in Latino Studies. In addition to her degree in English, she is also minoring in Gender Studies and Screen Cultures. Her research centers on the intersection between Latinidad, colonialism, and pop culture. She’s interested in literature and various forms of media which consider the possibilities and limitations of Latinadad, visibility, and representation. She’s interested in alternative forms of looking, memory, and being, which allow us to conceptualize identity beyond settler-colonial understandings of the self.

Recent Scholarly Activity:

“Vida: Considering a Latinx Gaze Situated within a While Imaginary” Presenter. Northeast Modern Language Association, Boston, March 7, 2020.

"The Globe’s Much Ado About Nothing: Sombreros, Tequila, and Exoticization." Reviewing Shakespeare. Reviewing Shakespeare, 03 Oct. 2017.

“Mejorando la Raza: The Global and Domestic Internalization of the Spanish Colonial Casta System” Presenter. Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas, California State University, Fresno, March 10, 2017.

“Social Justice Through Literature” Presenter. Chicano Youth Conference, California State University, Fresno, January 28, 2017.