Clarissa Castaneda

B.A. in Literature, Loyala Marymount University, 2003
M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing (Poetry), Claremont Graduate University, 2012
Clarissa’s CV

Committee:

Professor Steven Gould Axelrod (UCR), Committee Chair
Professor Rafael Pérez-Torres (UCLA), Area Director
Professor Robb Hernandez (UCR), Area Director
Professor Frederick Moten (UCR), Committee Member
Professor Marguerite Waller (UCR), Committee Member

Research Areas:

20th & 21st Century Poetry (Research Topic)
Fringe Narratives of the Americas (Major Period/Area)
Archive Theory & Digital Culture (Minor Period/Theoretical Field)

Modern and Postmodern Poetry of the Americas, Italian Poetry, Latin American Poetry, Text as Artifact, Intertextual and Intersemiotic Texts, Writers in Exile

Research Interests:

My research interests include Latin American and Native American poetics; modern and postmodern poetry; fringe narratives; hybrid texts; and intertextual relationships between art mediums. My research is guided by the theoretical frameworks of border-consciousness, mestizaje, survivance, and the text as a space for re-membering. I am interested in scholarship related to form and symbolism, memory in relation to ephemera and the body, archival practice and theory, and social justice. Rather than limit my work to a particular time period, geographic area, or art-type, my interests are predicated on moments of sociocultural relativity.

Recent Activity:

Blog on Poetry and Art –

“The Light at the End of the Tunnel is Just the Light of An Oncoming Train”

http://clarissacastaneda.blogspot.com/

Publications:

“Archival Principles, Performative Flowerings and Counterpoint in Ben Jonson’s

Masques.” The Ben Jonson Journal. May 2014

Conference Papers –

“Native American Literary Transpositions of Poetic Form.” PAMLA. Pasadena, CA,November 2016.

“American Counter-Culture and Border Voices in Tune.” (dis)junctions. University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, October 2016.

“The Contemporary Jewish Archive: Re-Membering Through Narrative.” PAMLA. Portland, Oregon, November 2015.

“Poetics Americana and Indigeneity: From Whitman, to Ginsberg, to Anzaldua.” (dis)junctions. University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, November 2015.

“Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”: A Modernist Mass for the Disenfranchised.”(dis)junctions. University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, April 2014.

“Cervantes, Cruz, Harjo and Silko: Postmodern Poetics and Shades of a Latin American-Native American Ethos.” (dis)junctions. University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, April 2013.

Poetry –

“Il Maestro.” L.A. Miscellany Volume 53

“Beneath the Surface.” L.A. Miscellany Volume 53

“The Chapel.” Selected by Claremont Graduate University for submission to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Journals Literary Competition (2011)

Service –

Associate Editor, Foothill: A Journal of Poetry (2011-present)