English, Department of


Date of this Version

Spring 1-2012


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: English, Under the Supervision of Professor Joy Castro. Lincoln, Nebraska: January, 2012

Copyright (c) 2012 Kaitlyn E. Palacios


Issues of shifting identity, border crossing, and layered systems of power have long been discussed and examined by scholars of Chicano/a and queer theory. This collection of creative nonfiction essays gives a personal, anecdotal perspective on those themes. The essays narrate the story of the U.S.-born author and her Salvadorian husband who is applying for his permanent residency in the United States. As the author travels to and from El Salvador, she contemplates her own positions of power and the problems of appropriating narratives of those outside of her community. In addition, as she learns her husband’s stories and the history of his country, she finds that her own identity and stories become more complex and hybrid. Even as she enters the narratives of others, she too is touched and transformed.

Adviser: Joy Castro