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Marcial Gonzalez

Associate Professor
C51 Hearst Annex
Thurs 3:45-6:15pm

Professional Statement

Marcial González received a B.A. in English from Humboldt State University in 1992, an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Utah in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University in 2000. He is the author of Chicano Novels and the Politics of Form: Race, Class, and Reification (U Michigan, 2009), and is currently writing a book on representations of migrant farm laborers in Chicana/o literature.  His current research and teaching interests include Chicana/o literature, migrant and immigrant literature, farm labor social movements, and Marxist literary theory. He also recently co-convened a faculty working group entitled “Critical Prison Studies in an Age of Mass Incarceration” at the Townsend Center for the Humanities. Professor González is the recipient of research fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.



Title Fields
Pic-book34 Chicano Novels and the Politics of Form: Race, Class, and Reification
Chicano Novels and the Politics of Form draws on the Marxist theory of reification to undertake a theoretical study of the class-based construction of racial identity in the novels of four writers: María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Oscar Zeta Acosta, Danny Santiago, and Cecile Pineda. The book pays particular attention to the relationship between history and literary form.   ....

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Selected Publications

“Narrating the Inadmissible: Storytelling and Dialectical Form in Barefoot Heart and Children of the Fields.”  Arizona Quarterly 70:2 (Summer 2014): 55-83.

“The Future as Form: Undoing the Categorical Separation of Class and Gender in Ana Castillo’s Sapogonia.”  In Created Unequal: Class and the Making of American Literary Narrative, edited by Andrew Lawson (New York: Routledge, 2014): 215-228.

“Reception and Authenticity: Danny Santiago’s Famous All Over Town.” In New Directions in American Reception Study, eds. Philip Goldstein and James L. Machor (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008): 179-194.

“The River Bottom Ranch” (fiction). In The Way We Work: Contemporary Writings from the American Workplace, eds. Peter Scheckner and Mary Boyes (Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press, 2008): 109-119.

“Postmodernism, Historical Materialism, and Chicana/o Cultural Studies.” Science and Society: A Journal of Marxist Thought and Analysis 68:2 (Summer 2004): 161-186.

“A Marxist Critique of Borderlands Postmodernism: Adorno’s Negative Dialectics and Chicano Cultural Criticism.” In Left of the Color Line: Race, Radicalism, and Twentieth Century Literature of the United States, eds. Bill Mullen and Jim Smethurst (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003): 279-97.

“Jameson’s ‘Arrested Dialectic’: From Structuralism to Postmodernism.” Cultural Logic: Marxist Theory and Practice 2:2 (Spring 1999):

Recent Papers Presented

“Where Do Social Inequalities Come From?: Class Divides in Chicana/o-Latina/o Literature.” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. January 11, 2014.

“Communism of the Will: Narrative Disclosures of a Mexican American Farm Worker.” Lineages of the Literary Left: A Symposium in Honor of Alan M. Wald. University of Michigan. March 22, 2013.

“U.S. Latina/o Studies and Marxism: Exploding the Parameters of the Impossible.” Haciendo Caminos: Mapping the Futures of U.S. Latina/o Literatures Conference. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.  March 8, 2013.

“Fleeing War, Fighting for Equality: Non-Alienated Labor in Ana Castillo’s Sapogonia.”  Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, Boston, MA. January 3, 2013.

“‘She wondered how one could be so selfless’: Non-Alienated Labor and Planetary Feminisms in Ana Castillo’s Sapogonia.”  Latino Literature/La Literatura Latina IV: A Bilingual Conference.   University of California, Santa Cruz. November 30, 2012.

“Fredric Jameson’s Dialectical Synthesis: Marxist Literary Theory and Psychoanalysis.” Second Annual International Conference on Marxism and Psychology. Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. August 10, 2012.

“Chicano/a Farm Worker Narratives: Storytelling in Lieu of Class Struggle.” Annual Conference, Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS). Santa Clara University. April 22, 2012. 

“Two Things Happened on Campus This Semester: Response to José David Saldívar’s Trans-Americanity: Subaltern Modernities, Global Coloniality, and the Cultures of Greater Mexico.” University Press Book Store, Berkeley, California. April 13, 2012.

“Children of the Fields: Representations of Work and School in post-1970 Chicano Farm Worker Narratives.” Center for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley. November 17, 2011.

“Chicano Farm Workers: The Making of Racial-Class Subjects.” Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA. January 8, 2011.

“The University Budget Crisis in California: Racism, Prisons, and Class Struggle.” Cultural Studies Association 8th Annual Conference. University of California, Berkeley. March 19, 2010.

“Tomás Rivera’s Tierra:  A Farm Worker’s Story of Class Consciousness.”  Seventh International Conference sponsored by Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society. University of Massachusetts at Amherst. November 7, 2009.

Current Research

I am currently writing a book entitled “Farm Workers in Chicano Literature: The Making of Racial-Transnational Subjects,” which focuses on the lives and struggles of Mexican farm laborers as represented in Chicano narratives from 1960 to the present. This project seeks to link the experiences of U.S.-based Mexican farm workers to the building of an American empire in the twentieth century.

Recent English Courses Taught