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MARIA HELENA RUEDA

María Helena Rueda holds a PhD in Hispanic Studies from Stanford University, an MA from SUNY Stony Brook, and a Licenciatura in Filosofía y Letras from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She offers courses on Latin American literature and culture since the late 19th century, and on Latin American film. Her teaching addresses the languages and cultures of Latin America in the context of a history marked by conflicts and change, discussing the region’s cultural production as one of the ways in which the population makes sense of such conflicts and the effects they have in their lives. Some of the topics covered in her classes are violence and its representation, Magical Realism, culture and the transnational imagination, and film in the age of globalization.

 Her book La violencia y sus huellas: Una mirada desde la narrativa colombiana (Iberoamericana Vervuert 2011), reflects on the ethical aspects of narratives of violence in Colombia. She is also the coeditor of Meanings of Violence in Contemporary Latin America (Palgrave 2011), a volume that addresses the proliferation of increasingly complex forms of violence in the region. She has also published several articles on the cultural implications of violence and its representation in Latin America, particularly in Colombia, in journals such as Revista Iberoamericana, Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, y Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, among others. She has also published articles on film and visual culture in the region, and is currently working on a new book project with the preliminary title Film, Literature and the Production of Meaning in Contemporary Latin America, which looks at the configuration of subjectivities in cultural products from the region in recent years.

Phone: 413-585-3451
Building: Hatfield # 311
E-mail:mrueda@smith.edu

 

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