• Feminismo en la poesía de Claribel Alegría

      Parada, Andrea; Quinn, Devan; The College at Brockport (2014-05-22)
      Claribel Alegría is an important Central American essayist, novelist, poet, and feminist. She was born in Nicaragua, and then raised in El Salvador because of the exile of her parents by the dictator, Anastasio Somoza Debayle. During her childhood she was influenced by the deaths and disappearances of many Nicaraguans during the Somoza dictatorship as well as the aftermath of the massacre of over 30,000 peasants in El Salvador. These violent and turbulent events inspired her writing. Many scholars have analyzed and celebrated her most famous novels for their political and social commentaries; however few have investigated her poetry. My research gives a more complete picture of the works of Claribel Alegría through the analysis of five books of her poetry. This investigation revealed that Claribel Alegría not only deals with themes of social and political justice, but also themes of feminism. In her poetry she questions the official history, and instead demonstrates events through a woman’s lens, criticizes traditional gender roles in both the public and private spheres, and changes images of women in famous literary works to empower them and treat them as literary subjects, instead of literary objects.
    • The Costs of US Interventions in Central America: Past and Present

      Parada, Andrea; Benz, Ian; The College at Brockport (2017-12-21)
      The aim of this paper is to establish a link between past interventions carried out by various branches of the United States military into Central America and the unfavorable conditions in which millions of people find themselves living in today. Ironically, while American values such as self determination and democracy are preached by the international elite, financial interests have systematically stood in the way of these developments in Central American societies throughout most of their shared history. Following a brief introduction laying out key turning points in the development of the relationships which the United States has enjoyed with Latin American countries, I go on to examine the historical background of the Nicaraguan Revolution and the subsequent Contra War. The next section emphasizes the contemporary situation in Honduras following the 2009 coup d’etat of democratically elected President José Manuel Zelaya, while also emphasizing the historical basis for the motivation of the coup.