Aurelia Gómez Unamuno
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Aurelia Gómez received her Ph.D. and M.A. at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously she received her Licenciatura in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Literature course descriptions for Fall '11
SPAN 221 Narrating Modern Mexico
This course focuses on the construction of the nation after the Mexican Revolution, and its relevance as the foundation of the cultural and political official discourse. This course approaches the post-revolutionary process through literary and visual production, stressing the tensions, contradictions, and debts of the Mexican Revolution. Prerequisite: SPAN 102, placement, or consent.
SPAN 322 Politics of Memory in Latin America
This course addresses the issue of memory, genre, and the tension between truth and fiction. A selection of informs, documents, and visual archives are compared with literary genres including testimonio, memories, dairies, poetry, and fiction writing. This course also compares the coup and dictatorship of Pinochet, with the repression of the student’s movement of 68, and the guerrilla warfare in Mexico.
Prerequisite: A 200 level course, or consent of the instructor.
Literature course descriptions for Spring '12
SPAN 222 Rethinking Latin America
T/Th 1.00-2.30 pm
This course explores Latin American literary texts and films, produced after the 70's, that address political issues related to marginal subjects that were not previously visible in literary texts. This course will show students new approaches and criticism in contemporary cultural and political history of Latin America. The course is organized around several different “agendas” such as "indigenismo", ethnic politics and indigenous movements, postcoloniality, subalternity, sexual diversity, migration and the border, drug trafficking, and gender violence.
SPAN 322 Mexican Narratives after 1968
The 1968 Mexican student movement, and its tragic repression in Tlaltelolco, revealed that the project of Modernization, the so called “Mexican Miracle”, as well as the authoritarian political practices of the official party (PRI) could not fulfil social and political demands of the population. Focused on literary texts, this course examines how the ‘68 movement changed political and social practices of civil society, how intellectuals responded by addressing (or avoiding) issues such as state violence, the youth and generation gap, gender and gay rights, and how contemporary culture revisits the ‘68 movement after 40 years.
XXth Century Mexican Literature, Prison Narratives during the Dirty War in Mexico, Social Movements and Literature, Student Movement of 1968 in Mexico, Testimonio, Gender and guerrilla warfare.
She has published articles addressing topics such as the Latin American new historical novel, the discourse of utopia/failure reflected on images of the "otherness" in America. Other topics are the prison narratives in Mexico, particularly during the Dirty War.