El Clima en Casas Norteñas
El Clima en Casas Norteñas may seem to have overly complex structure and an ambitious theoretical framework, but that is the text demands. The text that I present in the following pages is a first approach at this novel, which in subsequent drafts will be streamlined thematically through more rigorous research and polished aesthetically as I continue to grow and mature as a writer with the tools given to me in this graduate program. In the story of the H family I found a way to exercise a narrative that has concerned me for as long as I have had memory, which is the fluidity of identity in a place that sits on the edge of two nations: regional politics at the mercy of geopolitical caprices that never considers them. This novel has allowed me to explore a medium in way that I can exploit characteristics that are exclusive to the modern novel, proving (if at the very least only to myself) the validity of the genre in contemporary discourse. The project I present here is a living and moving text which in its fluidity implies a strong level of commitment that I am willing to take on. I take on this responsibility not only because of the challenge it demands of me as a writer but also because of the ethical challenge the project requires from me as a citizen of the region. Thinking globally while acting locally isn’t much of a choice for those of us who inhabit the US-Mexico borderlands and yet the region is often misunderstood as a simple byproduct of its context. The ultimate goal of this project is to assert a regional identity not only for its own sake but for the sake of the discourse of which it is usually left out, using a medium that assures its permanence within that discourse.
Hiriart, David, "El Clima en Casas Norteñas" (2020). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI28089862.