Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Marci R. McMahon

Second Advisor

Dr. Cathryn Merla-Watson

Third Advisor

Dr. Emmy Perez


The connections between nontraditional forms of literature and spiritual activism lie within the resistive practices of Chicanx Feminism. This thesis argues that cultural healing and social change is dependent upon the recognition of trauma as a step towards enacting social justice. Additionally, this thesis focuses on the figure of Coyolxauhqui and indigenous motherhood to reveal procedures for change. Through the theory of trauma, this thesis examines the nontraditional Chicanx/Latinx poetry of Amalia Ortiz’s sonic rock opera, Cancíon, Cannibal, Cabaret, & Other Songs and Melissa Lozada-Oliva’s novel in verse, Dreaming of You.

My investigation into the breaking of gendered boundaries and cultural memory analyzes these authors’ methods for social justice and spiritual activism. By analyzing these texts through a decolonial and speculative lens, this thesis offers a reflection of the imaginaries and hauntings of Chicanx and Latinx poets and their plans of actions for social change.


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