Mario Bencastro

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Thesis Studies

The following academic works contain in-depth analysis of the literature of Mario Bencastro.

Cuzcatlan Reappropriated: Indigenous Myth in the Construction of Salvadoran National Identity during the 20th Century. Zelaya, Karina Lissette, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2013. Focuses on the writings of Francisco Gavidia, Miguel Ángel Espino, selections of Salarrué and of Arturo Ambrogi (before 1932), and of Alberto Masferrer, Manlio Argueta and Mario Bencastro (after 1932), in a study that highlights the diverse representations of the indigenous figure during the twentieth century.

The Predicament of Illegality: Undocumented Aliens in Contemporary American Immigration Fiction. Kairos G. Llobrera. Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy. Columbia University, 2013. Critically examines the “illegal alien” as the subject of immigration novels, focusing on three novels that feature an undocumented immigrant protagonist – Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine, Gish Jen’s Typical American, and Mario Bencastro’s Odyssey to the North.

The Power of the Voice: Listening to Mexican and Central American Immigrant Experiences (1997-2010). Megan L.Thornton, University of Kansas, USA, 2010. Examines representations of immigrant experiences in Mexican and Central American cultural texts, from the end of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first centuries, through testimonial writing, fictional narrative, documentary film, and popular music.

El cruce de las fronteras en la escritura de Óscar Acosta, Mario Bencastro y Esmeralda Santiago. Ivonne Flores Caballero, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), 2010.

Monseñor Romero como símbolo en la novela Disparo en la catedral de Mario Bencastro. Ana Dilma Chinchilla, Rosa María Rodríguez C., Eliseo de Jesús Castillo, Universidad Modular Abierta, Santa Ana, El Salvador, 1996.

La Literatura como megadisciplina: el arte multidisciplinario de Mario Bencastro. Rich Davies, Washington State University, Washington, 1995.

Arbol de la vida: Historias de la guerra civil. (CDROM). Carisa Cannan, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, 1995.

Disparo en la catedral. Carlos E. Rivas, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia, 1994