Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Dr. Emmy Perez

Second Advisor

Dr. Marci McMahon

Third Advisor

Dr. Francisco Guajardo


Del Norte is the title name given to this first series of vignettes and short stories. The narratives are divided into four parts including a one act play that attempt to bridge the gap between the idea of a homeland as well as the Mexican American identity through the eyes of a migrant family and its major narrator. Unlike derivative associations with the term Del Norte in other academic disciplines, my interpretation of being from “Del Norte” is manifested into stories about a homeland omnipresent in the familial relationships described in my stories. The narratives exist within this paradigm. The themes discussed range from bilingualism in fiction, to colloquialisms, to displacement of the self, to violence in border communities. The work deals with the dichotomy of Mexican American culture and attempts to culminate the experience by those who transcend the boundaries of a region Del Norte.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American