Conocimiento Narratives: Challenging Oppressive Epistemologies through Healing in Latinx Children’s and Young Adult Literature


Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships




“Conocimineto Narratives” introduces the concept of “conocimiento narratives” as a lens to read Latinx children’s and young adult literature and as a means to engage in conversations about healing in the lives of Latinx children. In adaptation with Chicana feminist scholar Gloria Anzaldúa’s articulation of “conocimiento,” which she describes as the process of using knowledge for healing, this monograph emphasizes the different ways Latinx children’s and young adult literature represents the oppressions Latinx children in the United States face and the ways those oppressions are challenged via healing processes. “Conocimiento Narratives” provides analyses of realist fiction by writers such as Juan Felipe Herrera, Charles Rice-González, Rigoberto González, Isabel Quintero, Nicholasa Mohr, and Jenny Torres Sanchez.