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 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools
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
SPAN 6793 - Pol & Violence:Span Am Theater