Tania L. Balderas
American Literary Studies
The focus of her research entails the comparative analysis of narrations of rebellion and resistance within revolutionary uprisings of the Anglophone, Latin American and Francophone postcolonial world. This involves drawing parallels between autobiographical and other literary productions of the underground guerrilla movements of the 60s and 70s with an emphasis on the stylistic choices of the narration, elements of trauma, resistance to state violence, anti-imperialist and decolonial ideology, communal memory, and resilience. Another important component of the research is dedicated to the deconstruction of criticism that seeks to perpetuate hegemonic mechanisms of power and the erasure of the contributions of women to liberation movements.
Originally from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Tania Balderas received her M.A. from l’Université de Lausanne in Switzerland where she studied English and French Literature with a Comparative Post-Colonial focus. She obtained a B.A. in Theater Arts with a minor degree in French from New Mexico State University. Upon graduating from NMSU, she received a Teaching Assistantship in Paris through the French Ministry of Education.