Panic Room

  • Rick Rodriguez
Part of the Pivotal Studies in the Global American Literary Imagination book series (PSGALI)


By way of conclusion, this brief chapter considers the role immunity plays in the Trump administration’s conception of unauthorized immigration, with emphasis on the president’s plans to wall the nation’s southwest border. The work of Colombian artist Doris Salcedo provides a chilling commentary on the walling frenzy that has unexceptionally gripped the Global North.


Immunity Autoimmunity Democracy Southwestern wall Donald J. Trump Doris Salcedo 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rick Rodriguez
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  1. 1.Baruch CollegeNew York CityUSA

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