Laura Rigal

Laura Rigal is an associate professor in the Department of English and in the American studies program at the University of Iowa. She teaches courses in 18th- and 19th- century American literature and culture that emphasize the intersection of nation-building and imperial expansion; the culture of American federalism; the history and culture of industrialization; the relationship between visual and textual structures of representation; and Native American cultural history of the 18th century. Her book on the early industrial culture of federalist America, The American Manufactory: Art, Labor, and the World of Things in the Early Republic was published in 1998 by Princeton University Press. Her other articles and book reviews may be found in recent issues of Theatre JournalThe Huntington Library Quarterly, The William and Mary Quarterly, and in American Iconology: New Approaches to Nineteenth Century Art and Literature, edited by David Miller.


Remembering Zion: Ambiguity, Consciousness, and Literary Criticism
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Open to any author writing in English about the Chicanx/Latinx experience, the Rivera Book Prize is committed to the discovery and fostering of extraordinary writing by a first-time or early career author whose work examines the long and varied contributions of Chicanx/Latinx in the US. The Rivera Book Prize aims to provide a platform that showcases the emerging literary talent of the Chicanx/Latinx community, to cultivate the next generation of Chicanx/Latinx writers, and to continue the rich literary memory of Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet, activist, and educator.

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