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Amanda Holmes

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Contact Information
Email address: 
amanda.holmes [at]

680 Sherbrooke St West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2M7

514-398-4400 Ext 00864
Research areas: 
Hispanic Studies

Amanda Holmes 

Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies
Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
amanda.holmes [at]

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 is currently the director of graduate studies. 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.



Selected publications: 


The Politics of Architecture in Contemporary Argentine Cinema. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2017. 162 pp.

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.
See Cultures of the City on JSTOR

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

Recent articles (selected)

Filming the Buenos Aires Café: Memory and Community in Bolivia and Bar, el Chino.
Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies
20 (2016): 10-19.

“La mirada tras la muralla: la arquitectura del cine argentino en El hombre de al lado (2009) y Medianeras (2011).” Sujetos, espacios y temporalidades en el cine argentino reciente. A veinte años del NCA. Ed. Gastón Lillo. Ottawa: Legas, 2015. 57-70.

“Backstage Pass to the City: The Soundscape of Suite Habana.” Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 12.2 (2015): 123-137.

“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.

“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.

“Art, Science and the New World in Daniel Kehlmann’s Die Vermessung der Welt and 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)
“The Hyperreal in Argentine Cinema of the Gated Community” Annual Meeting of the Association of Canadian Hispanists, Ryerson University. June 2017.

Guest Speaker at V South By Midwest International Conference on Latin American Cultural Studies: “Divided Lives: Urban Spaces, Victimization, and Resistance in Latin America.” Washington University in St. Louis. Presented “Dangerously Secure: Inside the Gated Communities of Argentina.” October 21st, 2016.

Guest Speaker at Women, Film Culture, and Globalization: Issues and Contexts. Concordia University, Montreal. Presented “The Hotel Termas in La niña santa: Unstable Frames and Open Boundaries.” September 4th, 2016.

“Properties of Glass in Nueve reinas.” Annual Meeting of the Association of Canadian Hispanists, University of Ottawa. June 2015.

“Playing Woman in María Novaro’s Lola.” Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association, Puerto Rico. May 2015.

Guest Speaker at CLAHS Humanities Symposium: “Film and Phenomenology: Affect, Bodies, and Circulations in Contemporary Hispanic Cinema.” Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. October 21-22, 2015.

Keynote Speaker for IV Coloquio Internacional TRANSIT: Lo transnacional en la fotografía y el cine latinoamericanos (1900-2015). Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City. Presented “Arquitecturas del cine latinoamericano: identidad nacional versus políticas transnacionales.” April 22nd and 23rd, 2015.

Guest Speaker at Symposium: “Hispanic Cities and Cities of the Americas.” University of Vermont. Presented “Pizza birra faso: The Politics of Architecture in Neoliberal Buenos Aires.” October 16-17, 2014.

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.

Recent courses taught

HISP 244: Survey of Spanish-American Literature II
HISP 340: Spanish American Cinema. Topics: New Argentine Cinema (2011); Women Filmmakers (2013)
HISP 356: Spanish American Short Story
HISP 358: Women Writers of Fiction in Spanish America
HISP 453: Twentieth Century Spanish American Poetry

HISP 682: The Fantastic
HISP 683: Latin American Literary Geographies
HISP 688: The City in Latin American Literature and Film
HISP 690: Nuevo Cine Argentino
HISP 691: Displacements in Latin American Film

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