Lisette Ordorica Lasater

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I am a PhD candidate in English at the University of California, Riverside. My areas of expertise are contemporary Chicana/Latina literature and cultural production, Chicana feminism, and 20th century American literature.

My dissertation examines the central role of the mother in the development of a daughter’s voice in essays, poetry, short stories, and dramatic texts by Chicana/Latina authors. I argue the Chicana writer’s voice is anchored to her identity as her mother's daughter, and consider why authors often idealize their mothers and motherhood. It is culturally taboo for Chicanas/Latinas to critique their mothers. This silencing means that there lacks a space for daughters to examine the effects of patriarchal motherhood on daughters.

As a first-generation college student, I am invested in the power of higher education for personal and social change. My teaching experience is primarily in first-year composition, though most recently I have taught in the Theater department ("Latinos on Stage and Screen," "Women in Theater," and "Theater for Social Change"). The visual and performative aspect of teaching dramatic literature, as well as the excitement of my non-Theater or English major students in class have inspired me to learn more about how the digital can enhance student learning.