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Alice Driver


2011 Ph.D., Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky.

Dissertation: Cultural Production and Ephemeral Art: Feminicide and the Geography of
Memory in Ciudad Juárez, 1998-2008.

2008 M.A. in Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky.

2008 Certificate, Summer Spanish School, Middlebury College

2005-06 University of Kentucky/University of Valladolid, Spain: Exchange Program.

2003 B.A. in Spanish and B.A. in English, Berea College


Directed by Dr. Susan Carvalho, my dissertation “Cultural Production and Ephemeral Art: Feminicide and the Geography of Memory in Ciudad Juárez, 1998-2008” examines representations of feminicide victims in documentary film, novels, non-fiction, art, and graffiti and argues that these images express anxiety about they way women traverse and inhabit the geography of Ciudad Juárez, often giving precedence to the idea of the public female body as hypersexualized. In order to reclaim memory of the victims from a corporeal trope, some cultural producers focus on the testimonial form in which victims’ families victims and other activists share their stories or construct informal memorials in the city; these remembrances later appear in works of non-fiction, film, and art, as markers of the process of creating and preserving memory.  My dissertation analyzes such works as the documentary Señorita extraviada (2001) by Lourdes Portillo, the non-fiction work Huesos en el desierto (2002) by Sergio González Rodríguez, and the novel 2666 (2004) by Roberto Bolaño, among other cultural expressions, to show how feminicide victims and their families have been marked by and have challenged a pervasive public discourse about female sexuality.

Selected Publications:

Book Chapters

“Ciudad Juárez as a Palimpsest: Searching for Ecotestimonios.” Pushing the Boundaries of Latin American Testimony: Meta-morphoses and Migrations. Eds. Louise Detweiler and Janis Breckenridge. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 181-200.

“Of the Flesh: Graphic Images of Feminicide in Ciudad Juárez.” Restructuring Violence in the Spanish-Speaking World. Eds. Jess Boersma and Christopher Dennis. Nashville: Vanderbilt UP. (Forthcoming Fall 2012).


“Representations of Feminicide in Ciudad Juárez in Performing the Border: An Interview with Ursula Biemann.” Forthcoming in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies in 2012.

“Femicide and the Disintegration of the Family in Ciudad Juárez: An Interview with Lourdes Portillo.” Forthcoming in Studies in Latin American Popular Culture 30 (2012).

“Femicide and the Aesthetics of Violence in Juárez: The Laboratory of Our Future: An Interview with Charles Bowden.” Hispanic Research Journal 12.4 (2011): 369-81.

Recent Articles

“The Feminicide Debate.” Women’s Media Center. 12 April 2012.

“El Día Internacional de la Mujer.” Asistencia Legal por los Derechos Humanos. 8 March.…