Irina Alexandra Feldman specializes in Twentieth Century Latin American literature and culture. Her areas of research and teaching interest are Andean literature, political philosophy and Marxism in Latin America.
BOOK: Rethinking Community from Peru. The Political Philosophy of Jose Maria Arguedas. Pittsburgh University Press. Pittsburgh, PA 2014.
2013: “La imagología de la Revolución de Octubre en Mariátegui y Arguedas”. Россия и Ибероамерика в глобализирующемся мире: история и современность. Saint Petersburg, Russia.
2012: “Las estrategias de descolonización en José María Arguedas y Franz Fanon.” Revista de la Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana. Año XXXVIII, No 75. Lima-Boston, 1er semestre de 2012, pp. 77-94
“Moments of Revolutionary Transformation in the Novels of José María Arguedas” Modern Language Notes 127, 2012, pp.302-317.
2011: “Review of Jorge Coronado’s The Andes Imagined: Indigenismo, Society, and Modernity.” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana.2011. Año XXXVII, Nº 73. Lima-Boston,(1er semestre de 2011), pp. 498-501.
“Heterogeneidad jurídica y violencia fundacional en Todas las sangres”. Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana Año XXXVI, No 72. Lima-Boston, 2do semestre de 2010, pp. 233-252.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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CMLT0700 - Senior Thesis ▲
FYSE1470 - Marxism ▲
Marxism: Concepts, Texts, Contexts
In this seminar we will study Marxism as a theoretical, cultural, and historical phenomenon. Whether or not one agrees with Marxist approaches to exploitation and inequity, they represent a philosophical and political tradition that has profoundly shaped ideas about society, politics, economics, religion, and art. We will examine Karl Marx’s life and times, analyze some of his writings, and also consider later Marxist theories in the cultural and political environments in which they evolved—including Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, Latin America, and the U.S. Finally, we will test the relevance of the Marxist tradition to current geopolitical realities. 3 hrs. sem. CW PHL
SPAN0102 - Beginning Spanish II
Beginning Spanish II
This course is a continuation of SPAN 0101. (SPAN 0101) WTR
SPAN0201 - Intermediate Spanish
This accelerated course is designed to review, reinforce, and consolidate the linguistic structures that students need in order to reach the intermediate level of proficiency in Spanish. A grammar review will accompany intensive language acquisition, vocabulary expansion, readings, discussions, and compositions. (Placement test required) 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. drill. LNG
SPAN0210 - Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish I
A course designed to consolidate the skills attained in SPAN 0101, SPAN 0102, and 0103 or the equivalent (0105). A grammar review will accompany an intensive component of readings, discussions, and compositions. (SPAN 0103, SPAN 0105, or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. LNG
SPAN0220 - Intermediate Spanish II ▹
Intermediate Spanish II
A course for students seeking to perfect their academic writing skills in Spanish. The course is also an introduction to literary analysis and critical writing and will include reading and oral discussion of literary texts. The course will also include a thorough review of grammar at a fairly advanced level. This course may be used to fulfill the foreign languages distribution requirement. (SPAN 0201, SPAN 0210, or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. LNG
Fall 2012, Fall 2016
SPAN0300 - Intro to Hispanic Literature
An Introduction to the Study of Hispanic Literature
This course in literature and advanced language is designed to introduce students to literary analysis and critical writing. The work will be based on the reading of a number of works in prose, drama, and poetry. Frequent short, critical essays will complement readings and provide students with practice in writing. (SPAN 0220 or placement) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL LIT LNG
Spring 2013, Fall 2015
SPAN0324 - Images of America ▲
Images of America
In this course we will explore how America has been imagined by travelers, writers, photographers, and filmmakers from the 15th to the 21st century. We will study how Latin America was envisioned as a continent; how its internal regional differences have been depicted; and how it was pictured in comparison with its neighbor, North America. We will read Guamán Poma, Bolivar, Martí, Mario de Andrade, and Neruda and will consider the artistic production of Martin Chambi and Nelson Pereira Dos Santos, among others. Edmundo O'Gorman's conceptualization of the "invention of America" will inform our theoretical approach to the topic. lect./disc. (SPAN 0220 or equivalent) AAL LIT LNG
Fall 2012, Spring 2016
SPAN0391 - Lat Am Cultural Studies ▹
Latin American Cultural Studies: Texts and Concepts
In this course we will apply Cultural Studies methodology in various cultural contexts, focusing on Latin America. Among the concepts studied will be those of nation, hegemony, postcolonialism, subalternism, performance, heterogeneity, hybridity, aesthetics, race/ethnicity, and gender. Each concept will be used in an analysis of a literary, cinematic, performative, and other artistic work. We will be analyzing, among others, the literary works of Faustino Sarmiento, José Martí, Pedro Lemebel, Manuel Puig, and José María Arguedas; the cinema of Jorge Bodansky and Barbet Schroeder; as well as testimonial literature and various other forms of popular culture. (At least two courses at the 0300-level or above or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./ disc. AAL ART
SPAN0395 - JM Arguedas:Beyond Indigenismo
José María Arguedas: Beyond Indigenismo
In this course we will study texts by Peruvian writer José María Arguedas in the context of the indigenista literary and political movement, which aimed to rethink social inequalities in the Andes. Arguedas's writing approaches this topic through powerful linguistic, formal, and theoretical innovation. Among the texts to be read are: Oda al Jet (poetry), Señores e indios (ethnography), Diamantes y pedernales (short stories), Yawar fiesta (short novel), Todas las sangres, and El zorro de arriba y el zorro de abajo (novels). (At least two Spanish courses at the 0300-level or above, or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL LIT
SPAN0452 - Marxism in Latin America
Marxism in Latin America
What is Latin American Marxism? The writings of Karl Marx constitute a foundational discourse, which has given rise to many interpretations. Through readings in political philosophy, history, and study of literature and film, we will explore the trajectories of the Socialist and Communist parties; proposals to imagine a specifically Latin American route to an egalitarian society; and the Liberation Theology movement, which couples Catholic and Marxist thought. Readings will include works by: Marx, Azuela, Eisenstein, Mariátegui, Trotsky, Maroff, Castro, Frei Betto, and García Linera. (Spanish Majors, must take at least two courses of level 0350 or above, or by waiver) 3 hrs. sem. AAL LIT PHL
Spring 2013, Fall 2015
SPAN0500 - Independent Study ▲ ▹
The department will consider requests by qualified juniors and senior majors to engage in independent work. (Approval only)
Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017
SPAN0705 - Senior Honors Thesis ▲ ▹
Senior Honors Thesis
The department will award honors, high honors, or highest honors on the basis of a student's work in the department and performance in SPAN 0705. (Approval only)
Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017