Gabriela Venegas

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E-mail: mgvenegas@ucla.edu Office: Rolfe Hall 4329

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. or by appointment

Dr. Venegas graduated from the UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese in June 2017 with a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, she received a Master of Arts in Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures and a Master of Sciences in International Affairs from Florida State University (2006). She obtained her B.A. in International Business Management at the Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil (Ecuador, 1998).

In her doctoral dissertation, “La novela del Ecuador desde el espacio anfibio de la ciudad portuaria y su relación con el liberalismo ecuatoriano: tres casos representativos entre 1855 y 1944,” Dr. Venegas examined novels about the port city that reflect attitudes about liberalism in Ecuador. Her main research interests include the role of fiction in the creation of points of view that challenge or contribute to the social, economic, and political status quo in the Spanish American speaking world, primarily, and especially, in the Andean region.

Currently, Dr. Venegas is revising her dissertation to produce a book manuscript as well as working on an article that expands on the topic of Nineteenth-century literature from the Andean port city. For the academic year 2017-18, she was hired as Lecturer and is currently teaching Language classes for Heritage and non-Heritage speakers.

Education

  • Ph. D. (2017). Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California Los Angeles.
  • M.A. (2006). Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Florida State University.
  • M.S. (2006). International Affairs, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Florida State University.
  • B.A. (1998). International Business Management, Facultad de Economía y Gestión Empresarial Internacional, Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil (Ecuador).

Research

  • Andean Studies: History, Literature, Visual Culture, and Political Economy
  • Latin American Cultural Studies and Political History
  • Humanistic Geography
  • Environmental Humanities
  • 19th- century; 20th- and 21st-centuries

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

“Los patriotas del sur y El libro flotante de Caytran Dölphin: dialécticas del exilio en la evocación de Guayaquil.” Revista de la Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana, vol. LXIII, vol. 27, 2017, pp. 201-212. Print.

Mester. Focus: Andean Studies, vol. 39, no. 1, 2010. Editor-in-Chief. Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA 2009-10. Print and Online (https://escholarship.org/uc/ucla_spanport_mester/39/1)

“La visión femenina ante el amor, la naturaleza y la historia: una charla con Gioconda Belli,” interview conducted with Dr. Bethany Beyer and Dr. Oriel María Siu. Mester, vol. 27, no. 1, 2008, pp. 85-98. Print and Online (https://escholarship.org/uc/item/7r44r2dt)

Presentations

“La Generalita y la escritura de la nación como desterrada del Ecuador finisecular,” paper presented at the Annual Conference, Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association, Pasadena, California, November 11-13, 2016.

“La cultura popular y la intertextualidad en la evocación de Guayaquil desde Nueva York y Barcelona,” paper presented at the Congreso de Ecuatorianistas, University of Louisville and Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil, Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 20-22, 2016.

“La historia de Pedro y la historia de América en En el viejo Almendral: entre “Babieca”, “Rabieta” y “Rajadiablo,” paper presented at the Annual International Congress, Latin American Studies Association, Chicago, Illinois, May 21-24, 2014.

“Guayaquil y la narrativa del puerto andino,” paper presented at the Annual International Congress, Latin American Studies Association, San Francisco, California, May 23-26, 2012.

“Voz y autoridad sobre Latinoamérica en la obra de Arguedas, Cortázar y Saer,” paper presented at the Bi-yearly International Congress, Jornadas Andinas de Literatura Latinoamericana, Santiago de Chile, Chile, August 11-15, 2008.