Congratulations to Andrés Obando, who defended his dissertation titled “Naturalezas sin tierra: paisaje y literatura en en Latinoamérica (1845-1942)”, and which was directed by Dr. Daniel Balderston. Other professors in his committee were Dr. Juan Duchesne and Dr. Gonzalo Lamana. At present, Dr. Obando is living in Madrid and planning to continue his studies as a post-doc student. Cheers to Andrés and we wish him joy and success!
Congratulations to Agustín Abreu Cornelio for successfully defending his PhD dissertation titled “Escribirse en México: estudio sobre la escritura de refugiado y el caso de Luis Cardoza y Aragón” which discusses the Guatemalan poet Cardoza y Aragón’s years and writings in Mexico, and the legal censorship and cultural limitations imposed upon his writings as a “refugiado”. His dissertation team was composed of Dr. Áurea María Sotomayor (Chair), Dr. John Beverley (Emeritus Professor), Dr. Jennifer Josten (external reader from History of Art and Architecture) and Dr. David Tenorio.
Greetings to Fabián Darío Mosquera, who defended successfully his PhD dissertation titled “Un Occidente vernáculo: hacia otro crítica trasatlántica de la modernidad. Pasolini, Celán y la Nauhaus para América Latina”, a place where Mosquera inquires into the possibility of an Other West in Latin America. His study of Pasolini (Petroglio), Celan’s poetry and Bauhaus ‘s architecture looks for a heterotopic space for philosophical controversy. His PhD dissertation committee was composed of Dr. Juan Duchesne Winter and Dr. Áurea María Sotomayor as co-chairs, Dr.
It is a great joy to announce and celebrate Natalia M. Rivera Morales’s successful defense of her PhD dissertation titled “Nativist Psychosis: Impressions on Psychiatric and Intellectual Dissability in Puerto Rican Literature, Medical Culture, and Jurisprudence”. This is the first dissertation on disability studies defended in the Department, and it has as focus induced psychiatric constructs in the oeuvre of Pedro Juan Soto, René Marqués and Abniel Marat. The figure of Pedro Albizu Campos is examined throughly as a case of Punitive Psychiatry.
Congratulations to Edgar Colón Meléndez, who successfully defended his dissertation “El ajedrez en la literatura Argentina: Borges, Walsh, Piglia”, where he studies chess as a device in the works of Borges (El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan), Rodolfo Walsh short stories and Ricardo Piglia’s Respiración artificial and La ciudad ausente. An analysis of the dynamic structure of El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan, as well as Walsh’s elliptical narrations/ politics, and Piglia’s hypertextuality regarding his friend/ maestro Walsh are part of his discussion.
Congratulations to Gabriela Schiapacasse for successfully defending her PhD Dissertation titled “Terror, trauma, horror y abyección en las novelas de Giovanna Rivero, Julio Ortega y Oscar Colchado Lucio”. The thesis explores social violence, repression and the fantastic figures arising from political terror in the Andean region, specifically Bolivia and Perú. The dissertation committee was composed by Dr. Juan Duchesne and Dr. Serena Rivera (co-chairs), Dr. Ekaterina Kagan (external reader), and Dr. David Tenorio. Congratulations to Dr. Schiapacasse!
The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures invites you to the Academic Conference on Salsa Music taking place virtually on November 11 and 12 at 3PM. Please visit the attached flyer for more information.
Alyssa Noval, "Laviolencia endémica que enfrentan las mujeres en El Salvador"
Joseph Coutinho, "Deconstruirel sistema de la lengua: el lenguaje inclusivo en relación con la RAE"
Kathryn Deitch, "La discriminación en el sistema de salud peruano : cómo la marginación delas poblaciones indígenas aumenta la vulnerabilidad a las enfermedadesinfecciosas"
Congratulations to Kelvin Durán Berríos on successfully defending his dissertation and becoming Dr. Durán Berríos
Titled UNA SONDA HACIA EL VACÍO: "LO ONDO i LO DESATADO," Kelvin Durán's PhD dissertation was successfully defended on August 2, 2022. His committee included Prof. Aurea María Sotomayor (Thesis Director), Prof. Francisco José Ramos (External Examiner, Institute of Hispanic Buddhist Studies), and Professors Juan Duchesne-Winter and Elizabeth Monasterios (Internal Examiners). Kelvin's dissertation offers the first comprehensive study of Contemporary Puerto Rican poet Joserramón Meléndes. We wish him all the best in the next steps of his academic career!
On August 1, 2022, Paul Guillén successfully defended his PhD dissertation, ¡HASTA LA VISTA, BABY! UNA MIRADA FRACTAL Y TRANSANDINA DE LOS ANDES Y LA AMAZONÍA". Paul's PhD committee consisted of his advisor, Prof. Elizabeth Monasterios, Profs. Aurea Maria Sotomayor and Juan Duchesne-Winter (internal examiners) and Prof. Juan Ulises Zevallos Aguilar, of Ohio State University (external examiner).
Congratulations to Naira Corzón on completing her dissertation and receiving her PhD on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Written under the direction of Prof. Juan Duchesne-Winter and titled "EL LENGUAJE DE LAS COSAS: EL SONIDO Y LA VOZ EN LAS ARTES Y LITERATURAS DE BOLIVIA (2003-2019),” Naira’s dissertation addresses recent Bolivian arts and literary expressions from the perspective of Sound Studies.
We are delighted to announce that on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, PhD Candidate Manuel Garzón successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, "DECOLONIAL BAROQUE: BAROQUE ASPECTS OF INCA GARCILASO DE LA VEGA.” His committee included Prof. Gonzalo Lamana (Thesis Director), Prof.