Marcial González

Marcial González

Title
Associate Professor of English
Department
Dept of English
Phone
(510) 642-3467
Fax
(510) 642-8738
Research Expertise and Interest
Chicano and Chicana literature, twentieth-century American ethnic literatures, theory of the novel, marxism, critical theory, farm worker social movements
Research Description

I specialize in the study of Chicano/a literature, Chicana/o social movements, narrative theory, and Marxist literary theory. I am the author of Chicano Novels and the Politics of Form: Race, Class and Reification (2009) and the co-editor (with Carlos Gallego) of Dialectical Imaginaries: Materialist Approaches to U.S. Latino/a Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism (2018). I am currently writing a book that focuses on the lives and struggles of Mexican farm laborers as represented in Chicana/o narratives from 1970 to 2005. My articles include:

“Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Theory of the Anti-imperialist Novel: The Re-appropriation of a Literary Form” in Ngũgĩ in the American Imperium, edited by Timothy J. Reiss (African World Press). Forthcoming in 2019.

“Labor Movements and Chicano/a Literature” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, Oxford University Press. Forthcoming in 2018.

"Mass Incarceration and the Critique of Capitalism: A Working-class Viewpoint in Ronald Ruiz's Happy Birthday Jesús" in Dialectical Imaginaries: Materialist Approaches to U.S. Latino/a Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism, edited by Marcial González and Carlos Gallego (University of Michigan Press, 2018): 287-308.

“Herbert Marcuse’s Repudiation of Dialectics: From Reason and Revolution to One-Dimensional Thinking,” Science and Society: A Journal of Marxist Thought and Analysis 82.3 (July 2018): 413-439.

“Against Omniscient Narration: A Farmworker Critique of Neoliberalism” in Neoliberalism and Contemporary Literary Culture, edited by Mitchum Huehls and Rachel Greenwald Smith (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), 140-159.

Review of Bruce Neuberger's Lettuce Wars: Ten Years of Work and Struggle in the Fields of California (Monthly Review Press, 2013), Science and Society: A Journal of Marxist Thought and Analysis 80.2 (April 2016): 276-279.

 

"Where Do Social Inequalities Come From?: Class Divides in Chicana/o Literature,” Radical Teacher: A Socialist, Feminist, and Anti-Racist Journal on the Theory and Practice of Teaching 101 (Winter 2015), 15-20.

“Narrating the Inadmissible: Storytelling and Dialectical Form in Barefoot Heart and Children of the Fields,” Arizona Quarterly 70:2 (Summer 2014), 55-83.

 

“The Future as Form: Undoing the Categorical Separation of Class and Gender in Ana Castillo’s Sapogonia” in Created Unequal: Class and the Making of American Literature, edited by Andrew Lawson (Routledge, 2014), 215-228.

 

“Reception and Authenticity: Danny Santiago’s Famous All Over Town” in New Directions in American Reception Study, edited by Philip Goldstein and James L. Machor (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008): 179-194.

“Postmodernism, Historical Materialism, and Chicana/o Cultural Studies,” Science and Society: A Journal of Marxist Thought and Analysis 68:2 (Summer 2004): 161-186.

 

“A Marxist Critique of Borderlands Postmodernism: Adorno’s Negative Dialectics and Chicano Cultural Criticism” in Left of the Color Line: Race, Radicalism, and Twentieth Century Literature of the United States, edited by Bill Mullen and Jim Smethurst (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003): 279-97.

“Jameson’s ‘Arrested Dialectic’: From Structuralism to Postmodernism,” Cultural Logic: Marxist Theory and Practice 2:2 (Spring 1999): http://clogic.eserver.org/2-2/gonzalez.html.

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