(Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, San Diego)
Professor McCracken specializes in contemporary Latin American literature, Latin American cultural studies, U.S. Latino literature, literary theory, visual and verbal semiotics, mass culture, and women’s writing. She is the author of From Mademoiselle to Ms.: Decoding Women’s Magazines (St. Martin’s, 1993); New Latina Narrative: The Feminine Space of Postmodern Ethnicity (University of Arizona Press, 1999); and The Life and Writing of Fray Angélico Chávez: A New Mexico Renaissance Man (University of New Mexico Press, 2009). Her edited volumes include Fray Angélico Chávez: Poet, Priest, Artist (University of New Mexico Press, 2000) and Guitars and Adobes and the Uncollected Stories of Fray Angélico Chávez (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2009). She has published articles on U.S. Latina writers Cisneros, Ponce, Alvarez, Mohr, Limón, Mora, Martínez, Cantú, and Valdéz-Rodríguez,; Latin American writers Vargas Llosa, Cortázar, Puig, Leñero, and Piglia; visual and verbal semiosis; iconicity and narrative; popular religiosity,; liberation theology; metaplagiarism; women and mass culture; the meta-comic book; film and telenovela; and supra-ethnicity.