Gabriela Venegas

A photo of Gabriela Venegas
E-mail: mgvenegas@ucla.edu Office: Rolfe Hall 4329

M. Gabriela Venegas holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UCLA. 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 research includes the intersection of gender, environment and nation, the role of cities, exile, and representations of nature in Latin American literature, especially from the Andean region, from the Nineteenth century to the present.

Her article titled, “Los patriotas del sur y El libro flotante de Caytran Dölphin: dialécticas del exilio en la evocación de Guayaquil,” appeared in Revista de Cultura (vol. 27), Spring 2017. She also edited Mester (vol. 39): Andean Studies Focus, published in 2010, and is currently working on a book manuscript titled Between the Andes and the Pacific: Literature from the Port City, based on her dissertation. She currently teaches Spanish language classes to Heritage and non-Heritage speakers.

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.