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Myra Mendible

Myra MendibleProfessor
Contemporary literature and cultural studies
Phone: (239) 590-7182
Office: RH 209

Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies

Ph.D., University of Miami, 1993

Research and Teaching Interests: Cultural Theory, Ethnicity and Race, Human Rights, Media Culture, Literature and Politics, Gender and Emotion

Myra Mendible joined Florida Gulf Coast University as founding faculty in 1994, serving as co-founder of the English program and then as English Program Leader between 1998 and 2000. Dr. Mendible’s scholarship and teaching engage a range of theoretical, disciplinary, and cultural perspectives, with primary interests in media culture, ethnicity and gender, and the politics of emotion. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals; presented her research in regional, national, and international conferences; and is the editor of two collections: From Bananas to Buttocks: The Latina Body in Popular Film and Culture (2007) and Race 2008: Critical Reflections on an Historic Campaign (2010).

Unpublished Manuscript

  • American Shame: The Politics of an Emotion

Selected Publications

  • “Literature as Activism: Ninotchka Rosca’s Political Aesthetic.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Forthcoming, 2012.
  •  “Human Dignity, Humiliation, and the Erosion of the Humanities.” International Journal of the Humanities 9 (2012).
  •  “Race and Politics in the Age of Obama.” Special Issue: “Post-Race America.” Journal of Research in American Civilization [Revue de recherche en civilisation américaine] 3 (2012). Online <>
  • Review of Unsettling the Bildungsroman: Reading Contemporary Ethnic American Women's Fiction by Stella Bolaki Rodopi. Postcolonial Text 7.1 (2012).
  • “A Feral Beauty.” Unspoiled: Writers Speak for Florida's Gulf. Eds. Janisse Ray and Susan Cerulian. Heart of the Earth Press: 2010.
  • Race 2008: Critical Reflections on an Historic Campaign, Myra Mendible, editor. BrownWalker Press (2010).
  • “Post Vietnam Syndrome: National Identity, War, and the Politics of Humiliation.” Radical Psychology: A Journal of Psychology and Politics v 7 (Fall 2009). Online archive:
  • “Storytelling and the Politics of Exile.”  Telling Stories to Change the World: Voices on Building Community and Claiming Social Justice, Ed. Rickie Solinger. Routledge, 2008. 
  • Chica Flicks: Postfeminism and the Latina American Dream.” Chick Flicks: Contemporary Women at the Movies, Eds. Suzanne Ferriss and Mallory Young. Routledge, 2007
  • “Sexy Señoritas and other Imperial Fantasies: US Foreign Policy, Domestic Fictions, and the Latina Body.” Screening the Past: An International Journal of Media and History 20 (Dec. 2006).
  • “Dominance and Submission in Postmodern War Imagery.” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice 17.1 (2006).

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