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HR-50263-06Research Programs: Faculty Research AwardsBen V. OlguinRace, Soldiering, and Transnational Citizenship in Mexican American War Narratives, 1835-20051/1/2006 - 12/31/2006$40,000.00BenV.Olguin   University of Texas, San AntonioSan AntonioTX78249-1644USA2005Hispanic American StudiesFaculty Research AwardsResearch Programs400000400000

This study examines the complex negotiations of race and citizenship by Mexican American soldier authors from the early 19th century to the present through a critical survey of poems, letters, short stories, novels, memoirs, cinema, and popular song lyrics. These texts are undergirded by dramatic episodes in which Mexican American soldiers explore their roles as U.S. allies, or enemies, through identifications, and misidentifications, with other combatants and conflict participants. These recognition scenes variously involve xenophobic metaphors, subaltern multiracial alliances, problematic transnational identifications, regional identity claims, and post-racialist discourses that adumbrate new postnational Latina/o identities today.