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Lori Oxford

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Department of World Languages
Spanish B.A. Coordinator
Associate Professor of Spanish

McKee 128A

Lori Oxford specializes in contemporary Latin American cultural production with a concentration in contemporary Cuban narrative. Her research interests include cultural studies and gender studies in Latin America and Latinx communities in the USA. Her recent work has focused on issues of displacement in Cuban-American fiction, heterotopian spaces in Special Period film and narrative, and social awareness in Latinx popular music.

Oxford was awarded WCU’s College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award for 2013-2014.

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Ph.D. in Spanish (Latin American Literature / Latin American Studies), University of Georgia, 2007
M.A. in Spanish (20 th century Latin American Literature), Georgia State University, 2002
B.A. in Spanish, University of South Carolina, 1998

Selected publications:

Book review. Cuban Cultural Heritage: A Rebel Past for a Revolutionary Nation by Pablo Alonso González. Under consideration by The Latin Americanist. 2019

Translation. One book chapter (“Comics, 15-M, and Crisis in Spain”) in Euphoric Narratives in Crisis: Neoliberal Encounters in Spain and Peru by Jorge Catalá Carrasco, forthcoming from SUNY Press. 2018

Encyclopedia entries. As Contributor, entries for the following films: La noche de los inocentes (Sotto, 2007) and Lista de espera (Tabío, 2000). Encyclopedia of Cuban Cinema. Editors: Dr. Salvador Murguía and Dr. Sean O'Reilly. 2017.

Translations. Two chapters (Spanish to English) in the poetry anthology Ten Cuban Poets by Juan Nicolás Padrón, forthcoming from the Instituto Cubano del Libro. 2017

Encyclopedia entries. As Contributor, entries for the following topics: " La neblina del ayer, " " Ciclo de Centro Habana, " " Pedro Juan Gutiérrez." In the Literary Encyclopedia . Editor for these entries: Dr. Cara Levey. 2016

Book chapter. “Maldita Vecindad, Ritual and Memory, ‘ paz y baile’” in The Sounds of Resistance , a two-volume set. Editors: Dr. Eunice Rojas and Dr. Lindsay Eades of Lynchburg University. New York: Praeger Press. 2013.

Encyclopedia entries. As Contributing Editor, entries for the following topics: “Maldita Vecindad,” “Jíbara,” “Corridos.” In the Encyclopedia of Latin Music . Editor: Dr. Ilán Stavans. 2012

Journal article. “ No Pride in Prejudice: Pedagogy and One Experiment in the Deconstruction of Anti-Immigration Sentiment .” In MountainRise, an international online journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Co-authored with Dr. Jamie Davis, Western Carolina University. Vol. 6, No. 3. 2011.

Selected presentations/talks:

“The politics of música refrita: Ceci Bastida’s ‘non-activist’ art.” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS). Oaxaca, Mexico. Forthcoming in March 2019.

“Intersectional displacements: immigration and identity in Jennine Capó Crucet’s Make Your Home Among Strangers.” Philological Association of the Carolinas (PAC). Asheville, NC. Forthcoming in February 2019.

“Language and Identity.” Invited by Karen Brown to speak, along with Dr. Alberto Centeno-Pulido, at Greenford High School, Ealing (West London), UK. October 2018.

“Teaching Against Politics.” Invited by Dr. Jorge Català Carrasco to speak at Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK. October 2018.

“Blurring Borders: Ceci Bastida and Piñata Protest.” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS). Chapel Hill. March 2017.

"Lengua e identidad." Invited to co-present with Alberto Centeno-Pulido at Dulwich College, London, England. Invited by Alexander Iltchev. February 2017.

“From desolation to paradise: Juan Carlos Tabío’s Lista de espera (2000).” Narratives of Displacement Conference, organized by the Interdisciplinary Research Foundation. London, UK. October 2017.

“Desmentir tópicos, crear confianza: Enseñando Cuba en aulas norteamericanas.” Invited talk at the Instituto Juan Marinello. Havana, Cuba. October 2017.

"Home"-making in communities real and imagined: Jennine Capó Crucet's Make Your Home Among Strangers." Narratives of Displacement Conference, organized by the Interdisciplinary Research Foundation. London, UK. February 2017.

“Dark places, noir spaces: Intellectual heterotopia as escape in Padura’s detectivesca.” Conferencia Internacional de Literatura Detectivesca en Español (CILDE). Mexico City. September 2015.

“#AyotzinapaSomosTodos: Musical Responses to a Mexican Tragedy.” Carolina Conference on Romance Languages. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. April 2015.

“Mystical Escapes from Dystopian Havana: Spiritual Experiences in Works by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez and Daína Chaviano.” Southwest Council of Latin American Studies Conference, San José, Costa Rica. March 2015.

“Intersections of Time, Space, and Truth in Padura’s La neblina de ayer.” Carolina Conference on Romance Languages. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. April 2014.

“Desencanto, muerte y heterotopía en Animal tropical de Pedro Juan Gutiérrez.” Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica. Cartagena, Colombia. March 2014.

“Deciding Not to Decide: Claiming Space for Intersex in XXY (2007).” Queering Spaces, Queering Borders, UNCA Queer Conference. Asheville, NC. April 2013.

Courses Taught:

Cuban Culture
Cuban Film
U.S. Latinx Literature and Culture
South American Literature and Culture
Latin American Literature – 20th and 21st centuries
North American and Caribbean Literature and Culture
Latin American Cultures and Civilizations
Advanced Grammar and Stylistics (taught in Spain)
The Feminine in the Spanish-speaking World
Introduction to Literature in Spanish
All levels of Conversation and Composition in Spanish
All levels of Spanish language instruction, including accelerated classes.

Independent Studies taught at WCU:

Social Issues and the Latinx Experience in the U.S. (Fall 2018 – Marykay Kelly)
Revolutionary Latin American Literature (Spring 2018 – Zindy Cruz, Jarod Kirby, and Janette Reyna)
Social Issues and the Latina/o Experience in the U.S. (Spring 2018 – Amber Hidalgo)
Methodologies in Spanish Teaching (Fall 2017 - Caleigh Crane)
Horacio Quiroga (Fall 2017 - Katie Hayes)
The Feminine in Hispanic Literatures (Spring 2016 - Amanda Smithie)
The Rassias Method and Other Communicative Exercises (Fall 2014 – Cola Williamson)
Neo-Colonialist Hegemonies in Latin American Literature (Spring 2014 – Eugene McNabbs-Friedman)
The Communicative Approach in Teaching Spanish (Spring 2013 – Brittany Mastromatteo)
Post-colonialism in Caribbean Literature (Fall 2012 – Jessica Jaqua)
Latin American Immigration: Effects on the American Political Spectrum (Spring 2012 – Edson Parra Ramos)
Revolutionary Ideology and Rhetoric (Fall 2010 – Mary Beth Fallin)
Contemporary Hispanophone Caribbean Literature (Spring 2010 – Marysa Burchett)
Subversive Groups in Latin America (Spring 2010 – Thomas Havilland-Pabst)
Narcocorridos (Spring 2010 – Paul Brotherton)

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