Department of Spanish & Portuguese
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California 90095-1532
1990: Ph.D., Harvard University
1983: A.M., Harvard University
1981: M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1979: Licenciatura en Letras, Universidad de Chile
Chilean Literature and Film
Contemporary Spanish-American Narrative Fiction
Colonial Spanish-American Literature
La tristeza de los tigres y los misterios de Raúl Ruiz, with Manfred Engelbert. Santiago: Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2011. (357 pages)
- Pedro Pablo Guerrero, in El Mercurio Dec. 15, 2011: A24.
- Waldo Rojas, in Nuevo Texto Crítico XXIV-XXV.47-48 (2011-2012): 251-53.
- Raúl Zurita, in Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 75 (June 2012): 497-502.
- Laura Hatry, in Lingue e Linguaggi 7 (July 2012): 331-34.
- Juan Jesús Payán, in Mester XLI (Sept. 2012): 137-41.
- Alfredo Barría Troncoso, in Taller de Letras 51 (Nov. 2012): 307-12.
- Burkhard Pohl, in Iberoamericana 48 (Dec. 2012): 257-59.
- François Amy de la Bretèque, in 1895, Revue d’Histoire du Cinéma 69 (Spring 2013): 200-03.
- Alicia del Campo, in Hispania 96.3 (Sept. 2013): 580-82.
- “El siglo de Borges,” Taller de Letras 33 (2003): 63-82.
- “Poemas inéditos de Jorge Teillier,” Revista Hispánica Moderna LV.1 (June 2002): 159-67.
“Isabel Allende,” Latin American Writers. Supplement I. Ed. Carlos Solé. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002. 1-13.
Cine a la chilena: Las peripecias de Sergio Castilla. Santiago: RIL Editores, 2001.
Memoria original de Bernal Díaz del Castillo. México: Oak Editorial. Estudios de Cultura Iberoamericana Colonial, 2000.
Albricia: La novela chilena del fin de siglo, editor. Santiago: Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2000.
Spanish 241A: El cuento hispanoamericano
A critical review of the theory and practice of the short story in Latin America from its costumbrista beginnings to the latest trends of the McOndo generation, with due reference to the masters of the genre, such as Quiroga, Borges, Cortázar, Rulfo, and Peri Rossi. Special attention will be given to Poe as the international founding father.
Spanish 244A: Gestación y autogestión del boom
The course tries to answer the apparently simple question: What is the boom? The socio-aesthetic complex which allows for the international birth of the Latin American novel in the 60s will be examined first through the agencies responsible for the phenomenon: publishers, journals, critics, and the authors themselves. Second, we will analyze some of the major novels to see how aesthetic and politics fit together. Third, a special place will be given to José Donoso as retroactive critic of and metafictional writer on the boom.
Spanish 290: Medio siglo de cultura chilena: 1960-2010
The matrix of Twentieth-Century Chilean culture has been described by sociologist Manuel Antonio Garretón as national, state driven, democratic, and popular. The seminar will explore how this comprehensive formula applies to the reform years from Frei to Allende (1964-1973) and how it was affected by the military dictatorship and the democratic normalization since 1990. Special attention will be given to cinema as the medium that combines different cultural phenomena, such as folklore and pop music, religious traditions from the countryside, urban theater, national sports, social documents, and historical icons.