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.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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SPAN3431 - Hispanic Cult through Theater
Hispanic Culture through Theater/Performance
The course combines the study of theatrical Spanish texts with the practice of some acting and performing skills. The class explores various theatrical styles and schools, analyzing their chronological development and examining how they relate to Hispanic culture, history and traditions. The students will also put into practice some of the creative techniques that integrate the theatrical panorama of Ibero-American theater. Taking the “performer's place” should provide the students with self-confidence and independence in the use of the language, considering that they have to perform and even improvise theatrical scenes. (1 unit)
Required texts: Materials in electronic or photocopy form to be made available upon arrival at Middlebury.
Summer 2016 Language Schools
SPAN3440 - 20C Latin American Revolutions
20th Century Latin America Revolutions: Literature and the Arts (Mexican Muralism, Cuban Film and Nicaraguan Poetry)
This course will offer a panoramic view of Latin American theatre of the twentieth and twenty first centuries in the light of two interdependent discourses: the role played by politics in Latin American theatre, and its persistent interest in documenting historical events as a mechanism to simultaneously speak about the political past and its present. The intention is to explore how, through theatre, the representation of historical events has shed light on the present political conditions of Latin America. The playwrights and plays will be chosen from the following list: Rodolfo Usigli's Corona de sombra (México); Vicente Leñero's Martirio de Morelos (México); Luis Rafael Sánchez' La pasión según Antígona Pérez (Puerto Rico); Lennero's Todos somos Marcos (México);Griselda Gambaro's El campo (Argentina); José Triana's La noche de los asesinos (Cuba); Alberto Pedro's Mar nuestro (Cuba); Sabina Berman's Aguila o sol (México); Eduardo Rovner's Cuarteto (Argentina); and the Grupo Yuyachkani (Perú). (1 unit)
Summer 2016 Language Schools
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).
- Antonio Sobejano-Morán, Tornasol (Panda Publications, newest edition)
- Mariano Azuela, Los de abajo (Fondo de Cultura) (ISBN97896816003205). Literature
Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools
SPAN6630 - 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 Roberto Cossa (Argentina); Arístides Vargas (Argentina/Ecuador); René Marqués (Puerto Rico); Sabina Berman (México); Grupo Yuyachkani (Perú); Hugo Salcedo (México), and Jorge Díaz (Chile). (1 unit)
- Rene Marques, La carreta: Drama en tres actos (Editorial Cultural, 1983 or most recent edition) (ISBN-10: 8428306737 ISBN-13: 978-84206737);
- Las fronteras miticas del teatro mexicano (Editor: Stuart Day LATR Books, University of Kansas) (ISBN 978-1-61539-743-3). Literature
Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools
SPAN6793 - Pol & Violence:Span Am Theater