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Art as Advocacy: Protecting the U.S.-Mexico Border Environment in Amanda Keller Konya's "Specimens"

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Georgina J Whittingham

SUNY Oswego, US
About Georgina
Georgina J. Whittingham (B.A. Queens College, M.A. Stanford University, Ph.D. Rutgers University) is a Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at the State University of New York at Oswego. She is the author of the book Gilberto Owen y la crisis del lenguage poético (Gilberto Owen and the Crisis of Poetic Language) published by Mexico's Autonomous State University Press and has published book chapters and articles on Hispanic theatre, poetry, and narrative in texts issued by academic publishing houses and journals such as Iberoamericana/ Vervuert/Verlag, KARPA, Latin American Theatre Review, Romance Language Annual, Texto Crítico, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, and Studies in Modern and Classical Languages. Her recent research centers on image and text in contemporary Mexican Literature.
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Abstract

Amanda Keller-Konya's multilayered photographic image construction in "Specimens" from North America's Most Polluted River" helps the viewer perceive the magnitude of the damage sustained by US-Mexico's border area residents in California's Imperial Valley and the effort necessary to clean the area's New River. The river originates in Mexicali city, capital of Baja California, northwestern Mexico, crosses the border, flows north through California's Imperial Valley, and empties into the Salton Sea, the state's largest and most contaminated lake. A sustainable environment is crucial to the health of the valley's residents and farms that supply most of the nation's winter produce. Recovery of the area's ecosystem requires solving the impact of agricultural runoff and toxic dust as less water flows into the Salton Sea, a body of water vital for the wellbeing of Southern Californians, the fish, and the migratory birds that depend on it for survival.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.239
How to Cite: Whittingham, G.J., 2021. Art as Advocacy: Protecting the U.S.-Mexico Border Environment in Amanda Keller Konya's \"Specimens\". Latin American Literary Review, 48(96). DOI: http://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.239
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Published on 03 Aug 2021.
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