Priscilla Meléndez



Priscilla Meléndez, from Puerto Rico, received her Ph.D. in Contemporary Latin American Literature from Cornell University in 1985. She has taught at Michigan State, Penn State, Yale, and currently teaches at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Her research has centered mainly on works of Spanish American theater by the Mexicans Emilio Carballido, Vicente Leñero, Sabina Berman, and Hugo Salcedo, the Argentinians Osvaldo Dragún, Griselda Gambaro, and Eduardo Rovner, and Caribbean playwrights such as Luis Rafael Sánchez and José Triana. She has also written on the theater of Mario Vargas Llosa and on García Márquez's play Diatriba de amor contra un hombre sentado. She is the author of two books: La dramaturgia hispanoamericana contemporánea: teatralidad y autoconciencia (1990) and The Politics of Farce in Contemporary Spanish American Theater (2006). Meléndez has served as drama juror in the Letras de Oro contest and in the 2007 Premio Teatral George Woodyard. In the area of Spanish American narrative, she has published essays on the Chilean José Donoso and the Mexican Rosario Castellanos. Her essays have appeared in Hispanic Review, Symposium, Latin American Theatre Review, Gestos, Modern Language Notes, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (Washington U.), Latin American Literary Review, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, and Modern Drama.




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SPAN 6560 - Literary Analysis      

This course will introduce the graduate student to the techniques of literary analysis, critical thinking, reading, and interpreting Hispanic literary texts. It is divided into three segments, each of which is devoted to the analytic strategies pertinent to one major genre: narrative, poetry, and drama. Each student will write several papers and actively participate in class discussions. (1 unit)

Required texts: Antonio Sobejano-Morán, Tornasol (Panda Publications, newest edition); Lope de Vega, La dama boba (Madrid: Cátedra, newest edition). Literature

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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SPAN 6630 - Migration & Exile Contemp Thea      

Migration and Exile in Contemporary Spanish American Theater

This course will examine Spanish American plays from both the 20th-and 21st-centuries that explore the topic of migration in thematic and symbolic terms. We will study the various manifestations of migration—immigration, emigration, exile, and return—as each of them are connected to social, political, economic, psychological, linguistic, and physical realities. The movement of peoples and communities from one continent, country, or region to another has become a frequent occurrence, and playwrights have seen, interpreted, and staged the drama and instability behind this uprooting. The goal is to study Spanish American plays from countries and regions that have experience significant amounts of internal and external migration, as well as countries that have experienced massive emigration. The course will be divided in both regions and topics: Argentina: Displacement and disappearance; Mexico/U.S. Borderlands; The Caribbean: “Sailing” Away; Pilgrimage and Memory: The Andean Region. Some of the playwrights to be studied include René Marqués (Puerto Rico); Roberto Cossa (Argentina); Arístides Vargas (Argentina/Ecuador), Sabina Berman (México); Grupo Yuyachkani (Perú); Hugo Salcedo (México). (1 unit)

Required text: Roberto Cossa, La nona (Corregidor, January 1, 2006) (ISBN: 10-9500515369 ISBN 13:978-9500515368); René Marqués, La carreta: Drama entres actos (Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico: Editoral Cultural, 1983 or most recent edition (ISBN-10: 8428306737 ISBN-13: 978-8428306737). Stuart Day, Las fronteras míticas del teatro mexicano (LATR Books, University of Kansas (ISBN: 978-1-61539-743-3). Literature

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN 6745 - Readings Cont Mex &Arg Theatre      

From the Rio Grande to the Rive Plate: Readings in Contemporary Mexican & Argentine Theatres

The main goal of this course devoted to Spanish American contemporary theatre is to pursue a comparative study of the historical, political, cultural, and artistic trajectories followed by Mexican and Argentine theatres during the 20th- and 21st-centuries. The course will center on the examination of the two most distinguished and prolific theatrical expressions of Spanish American theatre—those of Mexico and Argentina—with the purpose of exploring the factors and trends that have determined their respective developments. The course will be divided into four segments: 1) Introduction to Spanish American theatre; 2) Examination of selected works of contemporary Mexican theatre focusing on historical and social theatre (i.e. Usigli, Carballido, Garro); 3) Examination of selected works of contemporary Argentine theatre centering on its relation the country’s political history (i.e. Gambaro, Pavlovsky, Cossa); 4) A comparative discussion of the elements that have shaped the respective evolutions of Mexican and Argentine theatre. (1 unit)

Required texts: Stuart Day ed., Las fronteras míticas del teatro mexicano: Sabina Berman, Entre Villa y una mujer desnuda. Vicente Leñero, Todos somos Marcos. Víctor Hugo Rascón Banda, La mujer que cayó del cielo (LATR Books, University of Kansas, Colección Antología Frank Dauster No. 2); Rosario Castellanos, El eterno femenino (Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Económica 1992 or most recent); 9 dramaturgos hispanoamericanos: Antología de teatro hispanoamericano del siglo XX: Tomo III (Yo también hablo de la rosa), eds. Frank Dauster, Leon Lyday & George Woodyard (Ottawa: Girol Books2nd ed., 1983 or most recent); Roberto Cossa, La nona (Buenos Aires: Corregidor 2006 or most recent). Literature

Summer 2011

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SPAN 6793 - Pol & Violence:Span Am Theater      

. Literature

Summer 2012

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