Liria C. Evangelista

Associate Director of Graduate Studies

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 C.V. Starr-Middlebury College School in Argentina & Uruguay

Liria C. Evangelista, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and taught at Middlebury College and Dickinson College. As Associate Professor, she teaches Latin American History, Latin American and Argentine Literature, and Cultural History of 19th and 20th Centuries at the Universidad de Belgrano. She also works for the Middlebury Program in Latin America, where she teaches the course Writing for Cultural and Linguistic Competence.
A specialist in cultural studies, literary theory and Argentine Literature, she has published a book on the issues of cultural memory during post-dictatorship Argentina, as well as several articles on Latin American and Spanish Literature. She also taught two courses at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires: Art and Horror during the 19th Century and Popular Literature in the 19th Century. In June 2009, she published her first novel, La Buena Educación.



Course List: 

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SPAN 6659A - Argentine Literature      


The aim of this course is to get an approach to Argentine Literature by discussing the literary response to complex cultural and historical issues such as nation and identity formation, avant-garde, nationalism and cosmopolitism, populism and authoritarianism. Special attention will be placed to help students focus on the larger framework of European and Latin American cultural trends in other to gain a deeper understanding of the Argentine literary system. Major and less canonical authors will be studied, i.e Sarmiento, Hernández, Borges, Arlt, Cortázar, Viñas, Walsh and Piglia, among others. (1unit)

Required text: Selected materials and critical bibliography will be provided in electronic form. Literature

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Buenes Aires 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Buenes Aires 6 Week Session

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SPAN 6676A - Political Violence Mem & Cult      


Political Violence, Memory and Cultural Representation

The aim of this course is to study cultural and human responses to the violence of political repression in Spanish America. Central to the theoretical and critical corpus of the course is the multidisciplinary work of scholars writing in response to historical violence, which posed questions regarding social trauma, the links between mourning and memory, and the social and cultural role of artistic creation. The theoretical dimension of the topic will be discussed in class through the reflection on key critical works and will provide the necessary framework for the analysis of primary sources, such as literature, film, art, oral history, journalism and popular music. In order to introduce students to the complex issues of memory and violence in its subjective and social dimension, the course will focus on the study of three different moments of Spanish American history. The main topics discussed will be a) the aftermath of traumatic political events and its long lasting effects on the present, b) the use of historical memory and c) dictatorships and democratic transitions in Chile, Uruguay, and Argentina (special attention will be given to the latter). (1 unit)

This course is cross-listed with Literature. Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Buenes Aires 6 Week Session

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SPAN 6740A - Pop Culture in Argentina      

*Popular Culture in Argentina*

This course will examine Argentine Culture, Literature, and History through the lens of popular culture. The focus will be on cultural identitity, Nation Building , and social and political conflicts and class struggle. We will examine issues such as democracy, myths, public festivals, religion, sports, music, food, fashion, print media, television and film, paying particular attention to the art and politics that havve influenced (and continue to influence) the lives of ordinaty people in Argentina. We will discuss how popular culture contributes to a multi-faceted and continuously evolving sense of national identity. We will cover a wide range of topics from the myths of Eva Perón and Che Guevara to soccer and Maradona´s "hand of God"; from Tango to Rock and Roll. We will explore popular iconography related to figures such as the singer Gilda and the popular folk saint Gauchito Gil, as well as issues relating to politics and the media (movies, comics, and TV shows). Course materials will include Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig, Santa Evita by Tomás Eloy Martínez, shorts stories by Cortázar, Perlongher, and Borges, comics such as Héctor Oesterheld The Eternaut, Quino´s Mafalda, and Maitena Burundarena´s famous comic strip Maitena, Women on the Edge, videos, songs, and excerpts from movies and TV shows. Books, articles, and media files will be ready for easy online access. (1 unit)

This course is cross-listed with Literature.* Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Buenos Aires 6 Week Session, Summer 2018 Language Schools, Buenos Aires 6 Week Session

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7-week Program
Holly Stark, Coordinator
P: 802.443.5538

Graduate Program
Audrey LaRock, Coordinator

P: 802.443.5539