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Erika Mariana Almenara

Erika Mariana Almenara

Assistant Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

(WLLC)-World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

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Dr. Erika Almenara is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Arkansas. She received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages & Literatures (Spanish) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2015. Her research interests include Peruvian, Chilean, and Latin American Studies. XXth and XXIst Century Latin American Literature. Critical Theory. Cultural Studies. Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Queer of Color Studies. Women of Color Feminisms. At the University of Arkansas, she teaches courses on masculinity, contemporary Latin American literature and culture, the intersection between politics and aesthetics, and trauma writing. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Letras Femeninas, Revista Iberoamericana, Dissidences and Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism. She is also a published author and teaches the Creative Writing in Spanish class, she created in 2017.

Dr. Almenara's book, The Language of the In-Between: Transvestim, Post-hegemony, and Writing in Contemporary Chile and Peru, examines the nationalist discourse that was used as one of the main means for the modernization of the Chilean and Peruvian nation-states. It explores not only how the process of modern state formation was founded on the basis of an exclusion and marginalization of certain groups, as other scholars have noted, but contends that literary production regarding this period consciously or unconsciously replicates this same process. Thus, Peru and Chile’s modernization efforts ran parallel to the aesthetic modernization as exemplified in its literature. Based on the idea that the homosexual, indigenous and poor Chilean and Peruvian travesti is a post-hegemonic subject, Dr. Almenara's book pushes the boundaries of this figure and proposes a language that puts into action features of the travesti in the exercise of writing. Itt locates alternate literary narratives that stake a claim for the emergence of a narrative capable of exposing marginalization and oppression, serving as a critique of the formation of modern nation-states based on erasure and marginalization with its creation of a modern national identity. The Language of the In-Between locates this language in the work of Claudia Rodríguez, José Donoso, Pedro Lemebel, Héctor Acuña, and Giuseppe Campuzano. The texts of these authors use non-normative gender and sexuality to dispute the state projects of modernity even as they remain invested in those projects.

Peruvian, Chilean, and Latin American Studies. XXth and XXIst Century Latin American Literature. Critical Theory. Cultural Studies. Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Queer of Color Studies. Women of Color Feminisms.

Specifically, teaching interests include contemporary Andean, and Southern Cone cultural production with a particular emphasis on subaltern, gender, and sexualities critical theories. I have also interests in creative writing.

Graduate Courses

Non-Normative Genders and Sexualities in Contemporary Latin American Cultural Production (Fal 2018)

Foundational Fictions: Writing the Nation in Latin America (Spring 2017, Spring 2019)

Thinking Subalternity in Spanish American Cultural Production (Fall 2016, Summer 2019)

Latin American Short Story (Summer 2016, Summer 2018)

Modeling Masculinity: Understanding the Construction of Gender Roles in Early and Mid-Twentieth Century Latin America (Spring 2016)

Undergraduate Courses

Latin America Today (Sprin 2020)

Creative Writing in Spanish (Fall 2017, Fall 2018)

Honors Introduction to Literature (Spring 2018, Spring 2019)

Latin American Cinema and Society (Spring 2018, Fall 2019)

Cultural Readings (Fall 2016)

Latin American Civilization (online course) (Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015)

Introduction to Literature (Fall 2015)

Ph.D  Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan, August 2001

Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies

M.A.   Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, August 2009

B.A.   Translation and Interpreting, Feminine University of the Sacred Heart, December 2000

Books

The Language of the In-Between: Transvestism, Post-hegemony, and Writing in Contemporary Chile and Peru. (Forthcoming)

Articles in Refereed Journals

“Trauma y memoria en La sangre de la aurora de Claudia Salazar y Magallanes de Salvador del Solar.” Letras Femeninas. 2 volume 43, 2018. 55-67. Print.

“Descomposición de la masculinidad peruana en Bioy de Diego Trelles Paz.” Revista Iberoamericana. 262 volume LXXXIV (January-March) 2018. 153-166. Print.

“Desviando la figura materna en Carol de Patricia Highsmith y ‘Descrubir’ de Patricia Miró Quesada.” Las Críticas. September, 2017.

“Resistencia de sujetos minoritarios y estado de excepción en Fuerzas especiales de Diamela Eltit.” Las Críticas. April, 2017.

“Escritura, travestismo e izquierda en Pedro Lemebel.” Dossier: Excedido y luctuoso: Homenaje a Pedro Lemebel. Nomadías. Revista del Centro de Estudios de Género y Cultura de América Latina. (21) July (2016). Print.

“Sobre carnes y vidas desnudas en Tiempo de Silencio de Luis Martín Santos.” Perifrasis. Revista de Literatura, Teoría y Crítica (6) Vol. 12 (July-December, 2015). Print.

“Multitud y memoria en El padre mío de Diamela Eltit.” Dissidences. Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism 5 (9) (January, 2013) Article 2

“El estigma y la mártir.” Quehacer (July-September, 2012): 78-83. Print.

Articles in Refereed Journals: In progress

“(Re)escritura del indígena Quechua-hablante peruano en Los Rendidos. Sobre el don de perdonar de José Carlos Agüero.” Rocío Ferreira, and Isabel Quintana eds. Cartographies of Violence in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Cinema. Diálogo, an Interdisciplinary Studies Journal. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Refereed Articles in Edited Volumes (Book Chapters):

“Neoliberalismo y biopolítica durante los gobiernos de Alberto Fujimori y el conflicto armado interno peruano.” Colección sobre Literatura y Sociedades Post-conflicto. Luis Fernando Restrepo, Violeta Lorenzo, and Sophie von Werder eds. Bogotá and Medellín: Instituto Caro y Cuervo and Universidad de Atioquía, 2018. 105-121. Print.

“Antonio Cornejo Polar y el concepto de heterogeneidad en La sangre de la aurora de Claudia Salazar y Los rendidos. Sobre el don de perdonar de José Carlos Agüero.” Cornejo Multipolar: Antonio Cornejo Polar y la Crítica Latinoamericana. José Antonio Mazzotti ed. RCLL, Axiara Editions, Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (Boston/Salem/Lima, 2018). 147-160. Print.

“Liberación femenina, política y letra en la poesía de Rocío Silva Santisteban.” Venas negras: La poética de Rocío Silva Santisteban. Luis Hernán Castañeda, Patricia Saldarriaga, and César Augusto Lengua eds. Paracaídas Editores (Lima, 2018). Print.

Refereed Articles in Edited Volumes (Book Chapters): In progress

“War, Women and Post-hegemonic Representations in Magallanes by Salvador del Solar.” Rebeca Maseda, María José Gámez, and Barbara Zecchi eds. Gender and Violence in Iberian and Latin American Cinemas. New York: Routledge.

Other Articles (non-refereed)

“Literatura femenina en Perú.” XIV Lawrence International Book Fair Journal. Lawrence, Massachusetts, October 18th, 2019.

“We Strike Too: Joining the Latin American Women’s Strike From the US” Ivonne del Valle, Susana Draper, Ludmila Ferrari, Liz Mason-Deese and Ana Sabau. Truthout. October 27th, 2016.

“Activismo y producción artística en Háblame de amores de Pedro Lemebel.” Dossier: Amor, sexualidad y género: Políticas del Cono Sur. Conversaciones del Cono Sur (1) Vol. 2 (2016).

“La poesía como terapia en De Sobremesa de José Asunción Silva” Divergencias: Revista de estudios lingüísticos y literarios. 7 (2) (Fall, 2009): 63-70. University of Arizona.

 “El cuerpo como metáfora del barrio en Por la Patria de Diamela Eltit” El Cid. 20 (Spring, 2008): 20-27. Print.

Book Reviews

100 Jahre/Years VBKÖ (The Austrian Association of Women Artists) Festschrift by Rudofline Lackner.

PUBLICATIONS (CREATIVE)

Books

2018                Perhaps, Editorial Caja Negra, Lima – Peru.

2009                Para evitar los rastros, Tranvías Editores, Lima – Peru.

2006                Reino Cerrado, Santo Oficio, Lima – Peru.

Short Stories, Poems, and Creative Essays

2019                “II,” “VI.” Las Críticas. December, 2019.

2019                “Nosotros no somos los únicos conspiradores.” 21. Relatos sobre la Independencia. Ediciones Copé de Petroperú, Lima.

2019                “Gonal-F.” Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades. Previously Letras Femeninas. Vol 44. No 2. REGS 44.2 2018. 

2017                “Estoy afuera.”¡Basta! 100+ Latinas Against Gender Violence Women. Emma Sepúlveda ed. Reno: Latino Research Center 

                         and University of Nevada Reno.

2009                “I, II, and III.” Divergencias: Revista de estudios lingüísticos y literarios. 7 (2) (Fall): 95-98.

2008                “La brevedad de la materia.” Sinister Wisdom 74 (Fall, 2008): 99-105.

2006                “Resultados.” Primeras Historias. Iván Thays and Alonso Cueto eds. Lima: Estruendo Mudo, 2006.

Graduate Student Researcher / Instructor  (August 2010-July 2015)

University of Michigan

Graduate Student Researcher / Teaching Assistant  (August 2007-July 2009)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

Publishing Editor (January 2007 – August 2007)

Ediciones Peisa

Translator and Interpreter (September 2006 – December 2006)

Davy College

Translator and Interpreter  (February 2006 – May 2006)

Peruvian Ministry of Transportations and Communications               

Assistant Project Manager  (March 2001 – August 2005)

Asociación Civil Impacta Salud y Educación 

Independent Translator and Interpreter

  • Translator for the Peruvian Archeological Museum (July 2000)
  • Interpreter for the Project to Reform Telecommunications between The World Bank and     the Peruvian Ministry of Transportations and Communications (March 2000)
  • Translator for the Embassy of France in Peru (July 1999)

               

            

2019                Chancellor’s Innovation & Collaboration Fund.

2019                XIV Lawrence International Book Fair Research Award.

2019                Honorable Mention, Sylvia Molloy Award. Latin American Studies Association Sexualities Studies Section.

2019                Travel Assistance Grant Award from the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Office, University of Arkansas.

2019                Robert C. and Sandra Connor Endowed Faculty Fellowship, University of Arkansas.

2018                Travel Assistance Grant Award from the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Office, University of Arkansas.

                           2018                University of Arkansas Artists and Concerts Committee Award.

                           2018                Teaching and Faculty Support Center Award, University of Arkansas.

                           2017                Fulbright College Humanities Summer Research Stipend, University of Arkansas.

2017                Travel Assistance Grant Award from the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Office, University of Arkansas.

2016                Travel Assistance Grant Award from the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Office, University of Arkansas.

                          2016                University of Arkansas Teaching Camp Fellowship.

                          2016                University of Arkansas Artists and Concerts Committee Award.

                          2015                University of Arkansas Research Camp Fellowship.

                          2014                Romance Languages and Literatures Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor in Spanish, Un. of Michigan.

2014                Rackham One -Term Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan.     

                           2014                Rackham Graduate Student Research Award, University of Michigan.

                           2012-2013       Rackham Humanities Fellowship, University of Michigan.

                           2012                Rackham International Student Fellowship, University of Michigan.

                           2009-2010       Romance Languages and Literatures Fellowship, University of Michigan.

                          2008                The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

                          2007                Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.