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Amanda Holmes

Amanda Holmes 


Amanda Holmes (on leave 2014-15)
Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies
Book Review Editor, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos
amanda [dot] holmes [at] mcgill [dot] ca (e-mail)

Amanda Holmes received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Oregon in 2001. She has held a faculty position at McGill since then, served as chair of Hispanic Studies from 2008 to 2011, and was director of graduate studies for five years. Professor Holmes’s research considers literature and film through the lens of spatial theory and, particularly, urban studies. Her books have examined the image of the Latin American city in literature and culture, as well as national and transnational identities in Latin American film. She is currently working on a project on the representation of architecture in New Argentine Cinema. 

Publications

Books

Cruzando fronteras e identidades en los cines hispánicos. Guest editor for special edition of Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 37.1 (2012). 232 pages. 

Cultures of the City: Mediating Identities in Urban Latin/o America. Co-edited with Richard Young. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.  264 pages. 

City Fictions: Language, Body and Spanish American Urban Space. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2007. 212 pages. 

Recent articles (selected)

“Backstage Pass to the City: The Soundscape of Suite Habana.” Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 12.1 (2014): forthcoming. 

“Regarding Gender and Nature in Madeinusa (2006).” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 37.1 (2012): 203-216. (Published in 2013) 

“Reciclaje y homenaje en la ciudad televisiva de La antena (Esteban Sapir, 2007).” Nuevo Mundo Mundos Nuevos, Images, mémoires et sons, 2012. Puesto en línea el 30 enero 2012. URL: http://nuevomundo.revues.org/62618

“Pen and Brush in Dialogue: Octavio Paz and Antoni Tàpies in their Trans-Atlantic Livre d’Artiste.”  Bulletin of Hispanic Studies  88.3 (2011): 369-383. 

“Landscape and the Artist’s Frame in Lucrecia Martel’s La ciénaga and La niña santa.”  New Trends in Argentine and Brazilian Cinema.  Ed. Cacilda Rego and Carolina Rocha.  Bristol: Intellect Ltd. (2011): 131-146.

“Textual Revisions of Identity: Nostalgia and Modernity in Asunción.” Cultures of the City: Mediating Identities in Urban Latin/o America. Ed. Richard Young and Amanda Holmes.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010. 105-119. 

“Art, Science and the New World in Daniel Kehlmann’s Die Vermessung der Weltand César Aira’s Un episodio en la vida del pintor viajero.” Neophilologus  94.2 (2010): 195-207.  

“China in Argentine Exotismo: Contemporary Inventions of the Orient.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 85.1 (2008): 71-83. 

Recent lectures and conferences (selected)

Invited speaker for Roundtable on the “Spatial Turn in Hispanic Cultures.” MLA, Chicago. January 2014. 

“La mirada tras la muralla: la arquitectura del cine argentino en El hombre de al lado (2009) y Medianeras (2011).” Bishop’s University. November 12th, 2013. 

Guest Speaker at Current Trends in Argentine Cinema. Twenty Years after the “New Cinema.” Presented  “La mirada tras la muralla: la arquitectura en el cine argentino.” University of Ottawa. October 4, 2013. 

“Mapping the Soundscape of Suite Habana” Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, Washington, D.C. May 2013. 

“Cartographies of Sound in Suite Habana (Fernando Pérez, 2003)” American Comparative Literature Association, Toronto.  April 2013. 

“Ciudad, televisión y autoritarismo en La antena (Esteban Sapir, 2007)” Annual Meeting of the Association of Canadian Hispanists, University of Waterloo.  May 2012. 

“La ciudad televisiva en La antena de Esteban Sapir.” Université de Montréal.  March 9, 2011. 

“Carnal Landscapes in Contemporary Latin American Film” Annual Meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association, Montreal.  April 2010.

 

Recent courses taught

Undergraduate

HISP 244: Survey of Spanish-American Literature II

This course aims to familiarize students with general concepts in Latin American literature through a discussion of representative works from the Modernist era through to the late twentieth century. Students will be exposed to a variety of literary genres from poetry and prose to historical documents, letters and essays. Texts: Garganigo, John et al. Huellas de las literaturas hispanoamericanas. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2002; García Márquez, Gabriel. El coronel no tiene quien le escriba.

HISP 340: Spanish American Cinema. Topics: New Argentine Cinema (2011); Women Filmmakers (2013)

This course examines themes and concepts of “New Argentine Cinema,” independent films from Argentina during the past fifteen years. The course will contextualize Argentine cinema historically, while also identifying sociopolitical topics important to the post-dictatorship era. Topics include the representation of politics and memory, youth culture and issues relating to economic instability. Students will also identify technical and thematic characteristics of this contemporary film movement.

HISP 356: Spanish American Short Story

This course examines the fantastic short story of twentieth-century Spanish America with a special focus on the literature of the Southern Cone. Topics include the role of the imagination in literature, the uncanny, self-reflexive narrative techniques, and fiction as a political tool. The short stories will be analyzed in their American and European historical contexts drawing analogies between fantastic narrative of Spanish America and that of other literary cultures. Works by Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Silvina Ocampo and Cristina Peri Rossi.

HISP 358: Women Writers of Fiction in Spanish America

This course studies representative works by Spanish-American women writers of the contemporary post-Boom era, 1980s to the present day. Special attention will be given to questions of identity construction in these works, including subject definition by geography, politics, gender, sex, language and culture. Works by Gloria Anzaldúa, Carmen Boullosa, Cristina Garcia, Cristina Peri Rossi, Luisa Valenzuela and Ana Lydia Vega.

HISP 453: Twentieth Century Spanish American Poetry

A study of twentieth-century Spanish American poetry beyond Modernismo. Topics include both thematic and formal elements of poetry analysis, from the image of the woman, the political engagement of the poet and négritude, to the definitions of poetic forms such as hermetic and concrete poetry. Students will become familiar with the necessary tools to analyze this poetry through interpretative strategies that will include both conceptual analysis as well as close readings of representative texts. Works by Octavio Paz, Gabriela Mistral, César Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Nicolás Guillén.

Graduate

HISP 682: The Fantastic

This course examines the fantastic short story of twentieth-century Spanish America with a special focus on the literature of the Southern Cone.  Topics that will be considered include the role of the imagination in literature, the uncanny, self-reflexive narrative techniques, and fiction as a political tool. 

HISP 683: Latin American Literary Geographies

The geography of Latin America is marked by oppositions—jungle versus pampa, civilization versus barbarism, city versus country. Political and cultural tensions have developed in these continents around debated spaces such as border territories and hybrid localities. The Americas, that aroused the “marvel” of the first European explorers, now define themselves as heterogeneous spaces with unique cultural backgrounds. But why do we draw the map with North on top? How do spatial politics intersect with cultural identity? To what extent do we create our surroundings through the imagination? This course addresses these and other questions related to spatial theory in twentieth-century Latin America. Works by: Jorge Luis Borges, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, Gloria Anzaldúa, Cristina García, Michel Foucault, Edward Soja, Deleuze and Guattari, Franz Kafka, Nicolás Guillén, Gaston Bachelard.

HISP 688: The City in Latin American Literature and Film

This course looks at Latin American readings of the twentieth-century city in literature, poetry and film as they intersect with sociological, architectural and philosophical theories of urban space. We identify key approaches to the city—including the urban flâneur and city traveller, the legibility of urban space, the relationship between the body and the city, and real/imaginary perceptions of the city—and examine how the fictional representations interact with these theoretical conceptions of the urban. Works by Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Diamela Eltit, Carlos Monsiváis, Angel Rama, Sigmund Freud, Julio Cortázar, Anthony Vidler, Edgar Allan Poe, Walter Benjamin, Elizabeth Wilson, Michel de Certeau, Octavio Paz, Richard Sennett, Néstor García Canclini. Films: Metropolis, Rear Window, El lado oscuro del corazón, Amores perros.

HISP 690: Nuevo Cine Argentino

This course examines themes and concepts of “New Argentine Cinema,” independent films from Argentina during the past fifteen years.  The course will contextualize Argentine cinema historically, while also identifying sociopolitical topics important to the post-dictatorship era.  Topics include the representation of politics and memory, youth culture and issues relating to economic instability.  Students will also identify technical and thematic characteristics of this contemporary film movement.