Kristal Bivona

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E-mail: kristalbivona@ucla.edu Office: Rolfe Hall 4315

Education

Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Los Angeles (2019)

M.A. in Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles (2014)

M.A. in Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College (2011)

B.A. in English, Spanish Minor, San Diego State University (2007)

Research

My dissertation, “Memory, Human Rights, and Victimhood: Narratives of State Terror in Argentina and Brazil,” is a comparative project that engages with the literature and film that depicts the dictatorships in Argentina (1976-1983) and Brazil (1964-1985), particularly of state violence and its aftermath. My research interests include human rights, media studies, critical theory, the Southern Cone, and Brazil.

Articles

“Historical Fiction and the Age of Fake News: Debating Brazil’s Past over Audiovisual Culture.” Luso-Brazilian Review. (Forthcoming).

“Build Bridges, Paint Walls: The Theory and Practice of Engaging the Humanities with Street Art.” Cultural Studies in the Digital Age. Edited by William Nericcio, Antonio Rafele, and Frederick Luis Aldama. San Diego: SDSU Press/CODEX. (Forthcoming).

“Herbert Daniel: Gay Brazilian Revolutionary.” (Book Review) Luso-Brazilian Review. (Forthcoming in 2020).

“Tortured Text: An Analysis of the Absent Pages of Ignácio de Loyola Brandão’s Zero.” Mester, 42.1 (2014): 67-88.

“Luisa Valenzuela’s Muted Dissidence in ‘Aquí nace la inocencia.’” Canto: A Bilingual Review of Latin American Civilization, Culture, and Literature 5.1 (2013): 25-32.

“A Void and an Emptiness.” The CLD: A Journal of Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. June 2011. (translation from the Portuguese of Cíntia Moscovich’s short story, “Um oco e um vazio”)

Presentations

2018 “Cultural Memory in Argentina: Remembering State Violence through Sites of Memory and Ausencias.” San Diego State University, San Diego, California. May 1

2016 “Teaching into Action: La enseñanza comunicativa para docentes de lenguas extranjeras.” Institución Tecnológica Colegio Mayor Bolívar, Cartagena, Colombia. June 14

2016 “Clarice Lispector’s ‘Smallest Woman in the World’ and the Self-Critical Theorist.” Atelier de Théorie Critique. Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France. July 22

2015 “Em plena democracia: A representação de justiça criminal no documentário brasileiro contemporâneo.” Latin American Studies Association. San Juan, PR. May 30

2014 “Taking Shit Seriously: Scatological Failure in Contemporary Brazilian Literature.” American Comparative Literature Association. New York, NY. March 22

2013 “Brazilian Baile Funk as a Culture Industry.” Art in Public Spaces: Intimate and Other Messages Across Borders. Casa Familiar’s The Front, San Ysidro, CA. November 7

2013 “Crossing Lake Elsinore: A Cultural Critique of Elizondo’s Elsinore: Un cuaderno.” Presented at 2013 Hemi-GSI Convergence – Experimental Collectivities. Los Angeles, CA. October 11

2012 “Greater than Zero: Censorship and the Missing Pages of Ignácio de Loyola Brandão’s Zero.” XVI Southern California Brazilian Studies Conference. Aliso Viejo, CA. October 6

Fellowships and Awards

2019 Mellon-Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles

2019 Charles E. and Sue K. Young Award, Office of the Deans, University of California, Los Angeles

2019 Research Fellowship, Center for Brazilian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

2019 UCLA Arts Initiative for “Build Bridges, Paint Walls,” University of California, Los Angeles

2018 Collegium of University Teaching Fellows, University of California, Los Angeles

2018 Teaching Assistant of the Year, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles

2017 Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant, São Paulo, Brazil

2015 Cal State Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program, San Diego State University

2014 Graduate Research Mentorship, University of California, Los Angeles

2014 Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, University of California, Los Angeles

2014 Rookie Teaching Assistant of the Year, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, University of

California, Los Angeles

2013 Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, University of California, Los Angeles

2012 Del Amo Graduate Student Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles

2011 Leslie Center Professional Development Fellowship, Dartmouth College

2010 Comparative Literature Graduate Student Fellowship, Dartmouth College

2008 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina