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C o n t r ib u t o r s E s s a y i s t s José F. Aranda Jr. is Associate Professor of English at Rice University. He has written articles on early U.S. criticism, nineteenth-century Mexican American literature, and the future of Chicano/a studies. He is currently working on a comparative study of early U.S. and Chicano lit­ eratures and a cultural biography of the nineteenth-century Californio writer María Amparo Ruiz de Burton. Aranda teaches courses in Chicano/a literature, Asian American fiction, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. literature. Maria Eugenia Cotera is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Modem Thought and Literature at Stanford University and a Ford Foundation Fellow. She is coeditor (with José Limón of the University of Texas) of a recovered manuscript written by Jovita González and Eve Raleigh titled Caballero: A Historical Novel (1996). Her essay “Engendering a Dialectics of Our America: Jovita González’s Pluralist Dialogue as Feminist Testimonio” will appear in the forthcoming book Las Obreras: The Politics of Work and Family, a collection edited by histo­ rian Vicki L. Ruiz. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry is Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. She has published extensively on Chicano/a literature and culture, and she is a member of the board of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Tradition Project out of the University of Houston. She is also cochair of the MLA Committee on the Languages and Literatures of America. Laurie Kutchins is the author of two books of poetry: Between Towns (1993) and The Night Path (1997). She taught creative writing at the University of New Mexico and currently teaches at James Madison University in Virginia. Vincent Pérez, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, specializes in Latino literary and cultural studies. His articles have appeared in Aztlán, with forthcoming essays in Texas Studies in Literature and Language and American Literary History. His current book project, Heroes and Orphans: The Imagination of History in Mexican American Literature, examines nineteenth- and twentieth-century historical narratives. C o n t r i b u t o r s John-Michael Rivera is a University Research Fellow in Ethnic Third World and American Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. As of fall 2000, he will be Assistant Professor of NineteenthCentury American Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He critically introduced and edited Miguel Antonio Otero’s The Real Billy the Kid, published by the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project (1998). Andrea Tinnemeyer is a doctoral candidate at Rice University, com­ pleting a dissertation titled “Re-imagining Womanhood: Anglo and Mexican American Women in the Southwest, 1846-1930.” She examines the pivotal years between the Mexican American War (1846-1848) and the decade following the Mexican Revolution (1910) in an attempt to position women writers and historical figures within a predominantly male-centered tradition of the West. A R T IS T S Alexander Francis Harmer (1856-1925) was bom in Newark, New Jersey. Early on Harmer was drawn both to becoming an artist and to exploring the West. Harmer studied art in the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, but after marrying, he settled in Santa Barbara and began to focus his artwork on Indian life as well as the romantic and histor­ ical world of the Californios. Charles Christian Nahl (1818-1878), also featured in our fall 1999 issue, was born in Kassel, Germany. As an artist in California, Nahl became known for his lithography, portraiture, and wood engravings. Joel Tito Ramirez of Albuquerque is well known for his exploration of light, color, and seasonal changes in paintings of the people, his­ tory, and landscapes of New Mexico. Ramirez, a World War II vet­ eran, still lives and works in his birthplace. ...


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