Gina Mazzocco, Boston College
Gina Mazzocco is originally from Healdsburg, CA. She completed her undergraduate career at Washington University in St. Louis with College Honors and acceptance into Phi Beta Kappa. After an internship at Blackwell Publishing and some time as a marketing assistant at Pearson Education, Gina decided that she would rather teach the books - and maybe even write the books - than make and sell the books. This is her first year in Boston College's Masters Program in English.
Hybridity: The Path to Feminine Power
Hybridity has found an especially welcoming home in the groundbreaking works of avant-garde art. Hannah Hoch, Polaire, and Donna Haraway all are female avant-garde artists who paved the way for gender topics through their own hybrid works in photomontage, performance art, and manifesto literature. Within their creations, all three seem to recognize the power of the hybrid as a revolutionary symbol, one that can liberate multifaceted identity from the constraints of binarism. For these artists, however, the hybrid in art can be, like classical Greek hybrids, both beautiful and hideous. In fact, they exploit this duality, taking up the trope of hybridity to shock their audiences and propel them into new realms of sociopolitical awareness, especially regarding the subjugation of women. I will explore how, through the power of the hybrid image, these women were able to create a scandalous new face of feminism, one that is proud, strong, and, at times, monstrous.