Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in English (MA)
Elias Dominguez Barajas
Second Committee Member
Analysis, Discourse, Immigrant, Latino, Political, Rhetoric
This study examines the discourses surrounding the immigrant experience in the United States to reconcile first-hand accounts of Latino immigrant experiences with the discourse prevailing in broader domains such as immigration law, public forums, non-fiction essays, and the news media. In order to break down barriers that prevent productive discussions, this analysis identifies stifling language guised under what Antonio Gramsci defines common sense rather than good sense. At the same time this study aims to deconstruct stifling language, it uses first-hand accounts from Latino immigrants to provide insight as to where the American public is not listening. By analyzing common themes, images, attitudes, and language surrounding the discussions of "legal" and "illegal" immigration while also unfolding political rhetoric that assumes reason rather than projecting it, this study hopes bring further understanding to the Latino immigrant experience in the United States.
Vammen, Elizabeth Katherine, "A Melting Pot of Voices: Public Discourse and the Latino Immigrant Experience in the United States" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 2198.