Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

David Carren

Second Advisor

Dr. David Anshen

Third Advisor

Dr. Cathryn Josefina Merla-Watson


“Brava & Gloria: A Counterstory Screenplay” is a thesis work which combines the theoretical aspects of Latinx representation in films with a full-length, feature film screenplay. In this work I use speculative fiction aesthetics to address the matter of representation and I create a version of how I would like to see Latinxs represented on screen. The story of “Gloria and Brava” is a medium to achieve this. Even though it does not mimic my personal experience as an immigrant, the core of the story is my family’s and my own experience as a Latino in the United States. Consequently, “Brava & Gloria” is a counterstory because it seeks to defy the predominant narratives in Latinx-related films, allowing us as Latinxs to regain control over these stories. This work does not presume to have the answers for representation (there might not be “an answer). However, it does promise a subjective, albeit sincere rendition of Latinx empowerment through the craft of screenwriting and story analysis.


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