Kristal Bivona

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E-mail: Office: Rolfe Hall 4322


  • M.A. Portuguese, UCLA (2014)
  • M.A. Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College (2011)
  • B.A. English with Spanish minor, San Diego State University (2007)


I’m interested in Brazilian and Argentine literature produced during the military regime periods.


  • “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.


“Em plena democracia: A representação de justice criminal no documentário brasileiro contemporâneo.” Presented at the 2015 LASA Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico. May 30, 2015.

“Taking Shit Seriously: Scatological Failure in Contemporary Brazilian Literature.” Presented at the 2014 ACLA Annual Meeting at New York University. New York, New York: March 22, 2014.

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

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

“Countless Zeros: The Case of the Missing Pages of Loyola Brandão’s Zero.” Presented at Primer Coloquio Annual Iberoamericano de Literatura, Política y Arte at San Francisco State University. San Francisco, California: March 23, 2013.

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

“Missing Pages or Aggressive Editing? Reexamining Ignácio de Loyola Brandão’s Zero.”  Presented at Subversive Texts / Radical Readings Graduate Student Conference at Hunter College. New York: May 7, 2011.