Verónica Muñoz

Faculty-Buenos Aires


Verónica Muñoz, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, earned her M.A. in Comparative Literature (2005) and Ph.D. in Latin American Literature (2010). She worked at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires until 2002, when she received a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. As Associate Professor, she teaches Latin American History, Latin American and Argentine Literature of 19th and 20th Centuries, and Cultural Studies at the Universidad de Belgrano and Universidad Católica Argentina. She also teaches Argentine Cultural Seminars for Study Abroad Groups and works as a translator and interpreter in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She first researched on the relationship between jazz music, fantasy, and Julio Cortázar's narratives in her MA's thesis. She then wrote her dissertation on 19th Century Latin American short stories, fantasy, and the role of the uncanny in shaping or challenging identities during nation-building processes. Her areas of interest include gothic literature, philosophy, and politics in Latin America.




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SPAN3409 - Persuasive Writing      

This course focuses on the development of skills for the writing of comments, perspectives, and critiques through a variety of grammatical and rhetorical tools needed for effective persuasion. Students will work on several types of writing, and analyze texts from both formal and informal sources: letters, applications, film reviews, blogs, etc. dealing with current issues in politics and culture. At the end of the course, students will have a chance to analyze indirect forms of persuasion in literary materials. (1 unit)

Required Text: Material in electronic format will be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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SPAN3471 - Lat Amer Voices Short Stories      

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 7 Week Session

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SPAN6560 - Literary & Film Analysis      

Literary and Film Analysis

This course will introduce the graduate student to the techniques of literary and film analysis, critical thinking, reading, and interpreting Hispanic literary texts. It is divided into four segments, each of which is devoted to the analytic strategies pertinent to one major genre: narrative, poetry, drama, and cinema. Each student will write several papers and actively participate in class discussions. (1 unit)
Required texts: Antonio Sobejano-Morán, Tornasol (Panda Publications, newest edition); Mariano Azuela, Los de abajo (Madrid: Catedra, newest edition).

Required texts:
- Antonio Sobejano-Morán, Tornasol (Panda Publications, newest edition)
- Mariano Azuela, Los de abajo (Fondo de Cultura) (ISBN97896816003205). Literature

Summer 2013, LS 6 Week Session

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SPAN6725A - Monsters in Lat Amer Fiction      

Monsters in Latin American Fiction
*Three-week course, first session*

In Abnormal: Lectures at the College de France (1974-1975), Michel Foucault traces a "genealogy of the abnormal" based on the relationship between knowledge, power and society, and social mechanisms of identification, distance, inclusion, and exclusion. In this course we will explore one of the most common figures of abnormality, the human monster, together with violence, a violence shaped by both social and natural laws. This course takes students on a journey through the different representations in Latin American literary and film narrative of the human monster and other marginal figures such as criminals, fallen women, rebels, and the strange and unclassifiable. Texts will include works by Borges and Bioy Casares, Horacio Quiroga, Leopoldo Lugones, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortazar, Roberto Bolaño and Silvina Ocampo. There will also be several other cultural artifacts, such as movies, photography, arts, and music, showing the relationship between the monstrous “other” and social and political power as one of discipline, control, and standardization. (.5 unit)

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

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 3 Week Session I, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 3 Week Session I

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SPAN6741A - Urban Fiction of Buenos Aires      

Three-week course, first session

Buenos Aires is a city of contrasting images and changes: its history is hidden under the so-called ‘progress’ or dwells in its borders. La Gran Aldea (1882) by Lucio V Lopez depicts a city of contradictions that is reshaped through Cesar Aira’s lenses in La Villa (2001). As such, Buenos Aires stages ways of thinking Argentine nationhood and its struggles against external and internal threads (the countryside, the immigration, the progress, European trends, Latin American waves). Fictions on Buenos Aires explore myths, secrets, dreams, and frustrations in literature, films, comics, photography, music, and even graffiti art. These fictions portray unique characters, such as the dandy, the tanguero, the cuchillero, the first generation college graduate, the blue-collar worker, the poor, and the political activist; and all of them enable readers to challenge the boundaries of modernity. This seminar aims to reflect on the relationship between space and those marginal subjectivities that inhabit the borders of the city, in order to expand the reflection towards Latin American and its own conflictive borders. (.5 unit)
This course is cross-listed with Literature.* Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 3 Week Session I, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 3 Week Session I

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