Date of Award

Summer 2016

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies




Dr. Emily Russell

Second Advisor

Dr. Rosana Diaz-Zambrana


An exploration of the influence of Spanish language on gender, sexuality, and sisterhood in various aspects of Latina/o literature. In Chapter I, I examine Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s film, Chicana playwright Josefina Lopez's Real Women Have Curves, and Gloria Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera as a tool for analyzing conceptions of “Other” and the ways these issues intersect with one another. In Chapter II, I look at La Virgen and La Malinche dichotomy and the ways stereotypes appear in Latina poetry. In Chapter III, I discuss hermanas and comadres and their importance outside the intimacy of romantic relationships. Throughout this project, I examine works by Gloria Anzaldua, Sandra Cisneros Julia Alvarez, Ana Castillo, and Judith Ortiz Cofer; with each of these women speaking of their relationship with heritage, familia, sexuality, and gender in ways that connect to the divided world.

Rights Holder

Jessica L. Harris