Texas Tech University

Cordelia Barrera

Barrera Profile

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Texas San Antonio
Office: 205
Email:
cordelia.barrera@ttu.edu
Web: www.cordeliabarrera.com

Barrera specializes in Latina/o literatures and the American Southwest as well as U.S border theory, third space feminist theory, popular culture, and film. She writes movie reviews for the borderlands journal LareDOS, and has published articles and reviews in The Quarterly Review of Film and Video and the Journal of Popular Culture. She is working on a book project that explores cyber technologies, social justice, and forms of oppositional consciousness in borderlands science fiction.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Encyclopedia Entries (Invited)
Reviews (Invited)
Journal Staff
Awards

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “The Haunted Frontier: Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy.” In Critical Insights: Southwestern Literature. Ed. William Brannon. New Jersey: Salem Press. Forthcoming, 2016.
  • “‘Negro y Azul’: The Narcocorrido Goes Gothic.” In New Perspectives on ‘Breaking Bad.’ Eds. Leonard Engel and Matt Wanat. University of New Mexico Press. Forthcoming, 2016.
  • “Gloria Anzaldúa’s Ecocritical Vision: A Spiritual Journey.” In Critical Insights: LGBTQ Literature. Ed. Robert C. Evans. New Jersey: Salem Press, 2015. 262-277. Print.
  • “Cyborg Bodies, Strategies of Consciousness, and Ecological Revolution on the US-Mexico Borderlands.” Chicana/Latina Studies (Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social) 14.1 (Fall 2014): 28-55. Print.
  • "Written on the Body: A Third Space Reading of Larry McMurtry’s Streets of LaredoWestern American Literature Winter, 2012.
  • "An Ecology of Healing: Gloria Anzaldúa's Ecocritical Leanings." Forthcoming in Queer Perspectives in Anzaldúa: A Post/Borderlands Anthology.
  • "Border Theory and the Politics of Place, Space and Memory in John Sayles's Lone Star." Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 27(3), 210-218.

Encyclopedia Entries (Invited)

  • “Santeria.” Encyclopedia of Latino Culture, Vol. 2. Ed. Charles Tatum. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO. 2013. 1169-74. Print.
  • “Secular Celebrations Overview.” Encyclopedia of Latino Culture. Ed. Charles Tatum. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO. 2013. 497-99. Print.
  • “Rolando Hinojosa.” Great Lives from History: Latinos, Vol. II. Eds. Carmen Tafolla and Martha P. Cotera. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press. 2012. 467-69. Print.
  • “Alejandro Morales.” Great Lives from History: Latinos, Vol. II. Eds. Carmen Tafolla and Martha P. Cotera. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press. 2012. 627-29. Print.
  • “Chirrionera.” Celebrating Latino Folklore, Vol. 1. Ed. Maria Herrera-Sobek. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO. 2012. 310-12. Print.
  • “Descansos.” Celebrating Latino Folklore, Vol. 1 Ed. Maria Herrera-Sobek. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO. 2012. 345-47. Print.
  • “The George Washington’s Birthday Celebration.” Celebrating Latino Folklore, Vol. 2. Ed. Maria Herrera-Sobek. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO. 2012. 567-69. Print.
  • “Born in East LA.” Encyclopedia of American Immigration (3 vols). Ed. Carl L. Bankston III. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010. 119-20. Print.
  • “The Immigrant (film).” Encyclopedia of American Immigration (3 vols). Ed. Carl L. Bankston III. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press 2010. 522-23. Print.
  • “The Road.” Masterplots. 4th ed. Ed. Laurence W. Mazzeno. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010. 4961-63. Print.

Reviews (Invited)

  • “Randy Lopez Goes Home.” Western American Literature. 47.1 (Spring 2012): 115-16. Print.
  • “Recovering the Hispanic History of Texas.” Western American Literature. 46.2 (Summer 2011): 209-10. Print.
  • Rev. of Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture. Ed. Gary Hoppenstand. Journal of Popular Culture. 43.3 (June 2010): 645-647.
  • Rev. ofFrantic Panoramas: American Literature and Mass Culture, 1870-1920. Ed. Gary Hoppenstand. Journal of Popular Culture. 43.2 (April 2010): 409-11.
  • Rev. ofThe Life and Times of a Legend: Bigfoot. Ed. Gary Hoppenstand. Journal of Popular Culture. 42.6 (Dec 2009): 1137-9.

Journal Staff

  • “In the Name of all that is Good, Strong, and Beautiful: Bless Me, Ultima.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 18.3 (March 2013): 42. Print.
  • “With Malice Toward None, With Charity for all: Lincoln.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 18.1 (January 2013): 45. Print.
  • “Larry McMurtry and the Search for an Old Gravesite.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 17.24 (December 2012): 34-35. Print.
  • “Womb to Tomb: Cloud Atlas.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. (November 2012) 17.23: 56. Print.
  • “The Power of the Small: Beasts of the Southern Wild.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands.17.20 (August 2012): 45. Print.
  • “Ghost Ranch: Artist’s Paradise, Spiritual Retreat.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 17.19 (July 2012): 59. Print.
  • “Prepare to Meet Your Maker: Prometheus.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 17.19 (July 2012): 48. Print.
  • “Joss Whedon Slays the Horror Genre: The Cabin in the Woods.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands.17.17 (May 2012): 52. Print.
  • “The Hunger Games: Where Big Brother and Reality TV Meet.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 17.16 (April 2012): 46. Print.
  • “Bowden, Briggs, in Dreamland: Juarez, A City in Ruins.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 17.15 (March 2012): 44. Print.
  • “The Joy and Pleasure of Terror: The Woman in Black.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 17.14 (February 2012): 54. Print.
  • “The Kindest Magic Trick of All: Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 17.13 (January 2012): 58. Print.
  • “Zero Degrees of Separation: Contagion”. LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 17.10 (October 2011): 52. Print.
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes Falls from the Monkey Bars.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 17.8 (August 2011): 63. Print.
  • “Snapshots of God’s Garden: Malick’s Tree of Life.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands 17.7 (July 2011): 53. Print.
  • “Marvel Comics Latest Recipe for White Bread: Thor.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 17.5 (May 2011): 54. Print.
  • Rango: The Bizarre, the Prickly, and the Ugly.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 17.4 (April 2011): 52. Print.
  • Black Swan: Terror in the Pursuit of Perfection.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands.17.2 (February 2011): 59. Print.
  • “The Wicked, the Righteous, and the Grace of God: The Coen Brother’s True Grit.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 17.1 (January 2011): 61. Print.
  • “Indulge the Gift of Storytelling This Season: Tarsem’s The Fall.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands.16.12 (December 2010): 59. Print.
  • “No Such Thing as a Delicate Balance: Never Let Me Go.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 16.11 (November 2010): 59. Print.
  • Machete: Why Be a Real Person if You Can Be a Myth?” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 16.9 (September 2010): 7. Print.
  • Inception: We Are Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 16.8 (August 2010): 62. Print.
  • Splice: We’ve Come a Long Way From Frankenstein.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 16.6 (June 2010): 62. Print.
  • Despicable Me: It’s In All of Us.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 16.7 (July 2010): 43. Print.
  • “Girls Who Want To Be Boys Who Want To Be Girls: Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways.” LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands. 16.4 (April 2010): 61. Print.
  • “When Cyberspace Kills in the Real World: Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer.LareDOS: A Journal of the Borderlands, 16.3 (March 2010): 46. Print.
  • LareDOS, A Journal of the Borderlands. Monthly Movie Review Writer, 2007 – 2014.

Awards

Research 

  • Gloria Lyerla Research Travel Grant, 2012

Service

  • Co-Director, LSJE (Literature, Social Justice, Environment) Concentration, Texas Tech University Department of English, 2014-Present
  • Selected as Participant in Texas Tech’s Institute for Inclusive Excellence, 2014 – 2015
  • Featured Speaker, “Through a Hero’s Eyes: The Literature of Brown Workers.” Cultural Awareness Seminar, The Latino/Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association, Texas Tech, April 2014.
  • Featured Speaker, “Ways In: Teaching Culture Through Literature.” Cultural Awareness Seminar, The Latino/Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association, Texas Tech, April 12, 2013.
  • Featured Speaker, “The Third Space: Troubling the Waters of the Western Frontier & 21st Century Ecologies of Healing.” Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment Research (LASER) at The Ohio State University, Nov. 2012

Contact

Department of English