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03-26-2013


UC’s Morelock to have book released

 


Williamsburg, Ky. – On September 19,, 2013, University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Associate Professor of Spanish, Ela Molina Morelock, will have her new book entitled, Relecturas y narraciones femeninas de la Revolución Mexicana, released to the public.

“It has been a long process. I dedicated this book to the Mexican people who fought the 1910 Revolution, and to those women, like my great grandmother and my grandmother, who lived through it and survived the experience,” said Dr. Morelock.

The book analyzes the perspective of four Mexican women writers, Nellie Campobello, Elena Garro, Laura Esquivel, and Angeles Mastretta, regarding the Mexican Revolution. It examines how they recovered popular memory to re-create and re-insert women in the national narrative with respect to their participation in the Revolution, which extended beyond the role of soldiers, camp followers, and soldiers' wives.

The book combines cultural studies with feminist critical readings and an anthropological and geographical awareness of the roles of indigenous people and ethnic minorities. It also pays close attention to different categories such as gender, place, race, and class, as a wholeness of specialized identities in permanent and constant flux.

“I wrote this book as part of what is called a "recovery project" of women's participation, as well as indigenous peoples in the Mexican Revolution,” said Dr. Morelock. “I consider it to be very important to any nation, in general, and to Mexico; in this case, to recover the voices of women, and minorities whose voices and stories are generally not included in official national histories. The 20th century has been named the century of social revolutions, and we tend to forget that the world's first social revolution was the Mexican Revolution of 1910. So, I wanted to recover the importance of the Mexican Revolution as well as the role of women and minorities in that Revolution.”

Anyone interested in purchasing the book may receive it directly from the Imprint on Tamesis’ website: http://www.tamesisbooks.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=14291.

Morelock has been at UC since August of 2008 and gives a lot of credit for her new book to the support of her Patriot family. “I want to express my appreciation to the University's support regarding my book,” said Dr. Morelock. “Without this support, my book would have never been more than a project or a dream.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.