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Lori Oxford

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Department of World Languages
Department Head
Associate Professor of Spanish

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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. Her recent work has focused on heterotopian spaces in Special Period fiction, Mexican popular music in social movements, and issues of alterity in Argentine film. She is currently working on a book project on Cuban literature produced between the collapse of the Soviet Union and Fidel Castro’s retirement (1989-2008).

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

Useful links:


  • 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

Recent publications:

Recent presentations/talks:

  • "Lengua e identidad." Invited to co-present with Alberto Centeno-Pulido at Dulwich College, London, England. Invited by Alexander Iltchev. February 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. Latino/a Literature and Culture
  • South American Literature and Culture
  • Latin American Literature – 20 th and 21 st 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:

  • 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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