Most of my writing focuses on the literature of the American Southwest and concentrates ideas and theories of Space, Place, Memory, and Identity. In my writing, I attempt to integrate Border Theory alongside elements of social and cultural geography to interrogate the complex synthesis of Euro-American, Latinx, and Native identities in the SW. See more at Academia site and TTU website:



From Reading Aridity in Western American Literature. Editors Gary Reger and Jada Ach, Lexington Books, 2020.


Gloria Anzaldúa’s Utopianism, From Teaching Gloria E. Anzaldúa U of Arizona P, 2020 https://cordeliabarrera.files.wordpress.com/2020/12/anzalducc81a-and-utopia-1.pdf

Towards an Ethics of PLACE: “Haunted Landscapes of the American Southwest. This essay appears inThe Journal of TTU Ethics Center, 4.2, 2020


Essay from Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Film and Popular Culture. (Contains an excerpt from my (as-yet!) unpublished novel, Becoming Nawili.)

From Critical Insights: LGBTQ Literature, Ed. Bob Evans, Salem Press, 2015. Title: “Gloria Anzaldúa’s Ecocritical Vision: A Spiritual Journey” https://cordeliabarrera.files.wordpress.com/2020/12/lgbtq-anzaldua-critical-insights.docx

Essay “Border Theory and the Politics of Place, Space, and Memory in John Sayles Lone Star

Essay (Breaking Bad) “Negro y Azul: The Narcocorrido Goes Gothic”

Essay “Cyborg Bodies, Strategies of Consciousness, and Ecological Revolution on the Borderlands: Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer.

Esssay “Written on the Body: A Third Space Reading of McMurtry’s Streets of Laredo.

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