Madison Felman-Panagotacos

A photo of Madison Felman-Panagotacos
E-mail: Office: Rolfe 4318

I’m interested in 20th and 21st century Latin American film and literature. In particular, I’m interested in the use of fiction as a means of political dissent in Mexico and Argentina.

Lately, I’ve been exploring the blending of history and fiction in Cristina Rivera Garza’s Nadie me verá llorar.


M.A. Hispanic Languages and Literatures, UCLA (2018)

B.A. SpanishLatin American Studies; Minor in French, Washington University in St. Louis


My areas of scholarly interest include:

  • Latin American Cultural Studies and Gender Studies
  • Argentine and Mexican Literature, Film, and Culture
  • Post-Dictatorial Film and Literature
  • Studies of the City, Gendered Spaces, and Cultural Geographies
  • Spectrality Studies and Trauma Theory

My current research centers on the representation of childhood trauma and its legacy in the films of Lucrecia Martel.


  • Chair for the Grad Student Conference (2016-17)
  • Member of Mester (2017-18)
  • SPGSA Secretary (2018-19)


“Sexo e locura: Interacciones entre mujeres e instituciones de poder en Nadie me verá llorar.” 14th Annual UCLA Graduate Student Conference. April 14, 2017.

“El varón debilitado del tango: La exposición cultural de la impotencia política.” Mid America Conference on Hispanic Literatures. October 26-28, 2017.

“Hybridity and Subjectivity: the Fronterizo in Julián Herbert’s Album Iscariote.” XXIV Annual Juan Bruce-Novoa Mexican Studies Conference. April 26-28, 2018.

“La antropología taxidérmica: los espectros de trauma en los cuentos de Cristina Rivera Garza.” 2do Coloquio Internacional de Literatura Mexicana del Norte. September 27-28, 2018.

“La figura revenant en Nadie me verá llorar.” 14th Annual Tierra Tinta Conference. October 25-26, 2018.



Field Research Grant from the Tinker Foundation via the Latin American Institute (2017-18)