Luz M. Jiménez Ruvalcaba is a PhD candidate in the Program in Modern Thought and Literature. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of literary criticism, comparative ethnic studies, and critical feminisms. Her interdisciplinary research agenda attends to the poetics of trauma and the socio-historical formations of familial violence. Born in Tepatitlán, Jalisco, México, Luz is from Inglewood, CA.
Dissertation: “Honest about Yesterday”: Representations of Intimate Violence in 20th and 21st Century Latinx Literature
Her dissertation project investigates the fraught relationship between fictional representation, intimate violence, and histories of conquest across Latin America and the Caribbean. Specifically, she pays attention to sustained domestic and sexual violence as recurring experiences in the literature written by Latinx authors since at least the 1980s. Tracking expressions of survival and refusal through some of Latinx literature’s most violated characters, her study is an act of “faithful witness.” As such, she writes against what she terms “innocent” readings that have absolved literary critics in their repeated failures to bear faithful witness to forms of violence “hidden” in plain sight.