Associate Professor of Spanish
- Languages & Literatures
- International Studies
- Latin American Studies
- Spanish and Hispanic Studies
- Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
- M.A., Johns Hopkins University
- M.A., University of Maryland
- B.D., U Pedagogica Nacional
225 Carpenter Hall
Office Hours: Anytime you see my door open, you��re welcome to come in. The best time to find me is early in the morning or you can just contact me for an appointment.
SPAN 356 LATIN AMERICAN NARRATIVE AND FILM: TRANSGRESSION, USURPATION AND ORDER: ANTI-FOUNDATIONAL BODIES IN LATIN AMERICAN NARRATIVE AND FILM
The Latin American literary and cinematic representation of the female body as an emblem of purity and innocence and the male body as the incarnation of the Catholic patriarchal values, contrast with the bodies of the prostitute, the female rural landowner, and the homosexual male of the films that will be presented in this series. The modern Latin American city and its post-modern and marginal spaces will also be presented in the second part of this series.
SPAN 418 TOPICS IN COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA: WONDER, WRITING AND POSSESSING
An examination of iconographic, historical and poetic texts of Latin American Colonial times and its cultural significance in what is called the AInvention of America.@ What cultural paradigms about Indians, Nature and Europeans were established in the first texts after the Adiscovery@ until the 17th century? How did the colonizer envision and control the new territories? This course will answer such questions through a multi-disciplinary analysis of maps, book illustrations, and an anthology of colonial texts (the readings and class discussions will be conducted in Spanish).
I am originally from Bogota, Colombia where I attended high school and college. I received a Bachelor��s Degree in Social Science at the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional, the only school in Colombia that trains undergraduate students to become teachers. When I moved to Baltimore, Maryland, I attended the University of Maryland where I received a Masters Degree in Intercultural Communications. At Johns Hopkins University I received a Master��s Degree and a Ph.D in Latin American Literature with a concentration in the colonial period. My research interests include the cultural and political production of the Criollos (a socio-racial stratum that originated during colonial times) in the Americas, the Afro-Hispanic��s experience, the Indigenous narratives of the Andean region, and the deconstruction of the historical discourse through the new historical novels and popular performance. Some of my articles have been published in scholarly magazines in the US, Colombia and Venezuela.
In my current research project I am studying the representation and evaluation of the Colonial period in 19th century historical novels. I am also interested in the cultural and political implications of international education and programs abroad in liberal arts colleges
Modern Language Association, (MLA)
Latin American Studies Association (LASA),
Asociaci�_n de Colombianistas