Date of Award

8-8-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Modern & Classical Languages

First Advisor

Dr. Leslie Marsh

Second Advisor

Dr. William Nichols

Abstract

Racialized Latino subjects in The X-Files are representative of American paranoia surrounding immigration and multiculturalism, and the narratives of alien infiltration and infection are manifestations of these fears of Latino racial integration in the United States. A surge in nationalist and nativist sentiment in US media leads to negative bias against Latinos; metaphors of hybridization, colonization, pollution, infiltration, and contagion are used to code Latinos as threats to the nation. This thesis analyzes five episodes of The X Files featuring Latinos which demonstrate these cultural anxieties.

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