Department of World Languages
Associate Professor of Spanish and Coordinator of Spanish B.A.
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
Oxford was awarded WCU’s College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award for 2013-2014.
She is the department head and coordinator for the Spanish B.A. program at WCU.
- 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
- 2017: 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. Forthcoming.
- 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.
- 2016: 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.
- 2013: 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.
- 2012: Encyclopedia entries. As Contributing Editor, entries for the following topics: “Maldita Vecindad,” “Jíbara,”
“Corridos.” In the Encyclopedia of Latin Music . Editor: Dr. Ilán Stavans.
- 2011: 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.
- "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.
- 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)