Associate Professor of Spanish

Ignacio López-Vicuña joined the department in 2005. His areas of expertise include contemporary Latin American literature and cultural studies, representations of urban space, queer theory, and Latin American film. López-Vicuña earned his B.A. in English literature at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. He obtained an M.A. in comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Ph.D. in Hispanic literature and cultural studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
 
López-Vicuña has written scholarly articles on Southern Cone authors and filmmakers such as Néstor Perlongher, Roberto Bolaño, Edgardo Cozarinsky, and Raúl Ruiz. His work has appeared in journals such as Latin American Research Review, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, and Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.
 
Languages spoken:
Spanish (native)
English (near-native) 
Portuguese (advanced)
French (reading)
 

Research and/or Creative Works


Publications

Book:
Raúl Ruiz’s Cinema of Inquiry. Co-edited by Ignacio López-Vicuña and Andreea Marinescu. Wayne State University Press, 2017.
 
Peer-reviewed journal articles:
 “La perspectiva excéntrica de Cozarinsky: Globalización y cosmopolitismo en Tres fronteras.” Revista Hispánica Moderna. 66.1 (Jun 2013): 1-11. 
“Mapping the gay ghetto: Perlongher’s O negócio do michê as Cartography of Desire.” Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana. 41.2 (Nov 2012):159-169. 
 “The Part of the Exile: Displacement and Belonging in Bolaño’s Putas asesinas.” Hispanófila 164 (2012): 81-93.  
“Raúl Ruiz’s ‘Lost’ Chilean Film: Memory and Multiplicity in Palomita Blanca.” Studies in Hispanic Cinemas. Vol. 6, No. 2 (2009): 111-124. 
“The Violence of Writing: Literature and Discontent in Roberto Bolaño’s ‘Chilean’ Novels.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Vol. 18, Nos. 2-3 (2009): 155-166. 
“Malestar en la literatura: Escritura y barbarie en Estrella distante y Nocturno de Chile de Roberto Bolaño.” Revista Chilena de Literatura Num 75 (Nov 2009): 199-215. 
 “Approaches to Sexuality in Latin America: Recent Scholarship on Gay and Lesbian Studies.” Latin American Research Review Vol 39, Num 1 (Feb 2004): 238-253. Review essay.
 
Peer-reviewed book chapters: 
“Looking into the Fragmented Mirror: Bolaño’s Los sinsabores del verdadero policía.” In Critical Insights: Roberto Bolaño. Ed. Ignacio López-Calvo. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2015. 97-119.
“Desdoblamientos literarios: Bolaño entre la cultura y la barbarie.” In Fuera de quicio: Bolaño en el tiempo de sus espectros. Ed. Raúl Rodríguez Freire. Chile: Ripio, 2012. 101-115. 
“Postnational Boundaries in Bolivia.” Violence in Argentine Literature and Film (1989-2005), eds. Elizabeth Montes and Carolina Rocha. U of Calgary Press, 2010. 145-161. 
“Espacio urbano y subjetividad en Lumpérica (1983) de Diamela Eltit.” Provisoria-mente: textos para Diamela Eltit. Ed. Antonio Gómez. Rosario: Beatriz Viterbo, 2007. 123-132. 
 “But On the Other Hand: The Language of Exile and the Exile of Language in Ulysses.” Joyce and the City, edited by Michael Begnal. Syracuse University Press, 2002. 141-150. 
 
Encyclopedia entries:
“Nocturno de Chile.” The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 July 2012
“Estrella distante.” The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2012
“Roberto Bolaño Ávalos.” The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 December 2010

 

Awards and Recognition


Associations and Affiliations

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS)
Professor Ignacio Lopez-Vicuña

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Contemporary Latin American literature and cultural studies, urban studies, queer theory, and Latin American film

Education

  • Ph.D. Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

Contact

Phone:
  • (802) 656-0939
Office Location:

517A Waterman

Office Hours:

Spring 2020: TR 3-4

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 101: Composition and Conversation
  • SPAN 140: Analyzing Hispanic Literatures
  • SPAN 142: Intro to Literature in Spanish America
  • SPAN 201: Advanced Composition and Conversation
  • SPAN 202: Topics in Spanish Language Study: Language and Sexual Identity
  • SPAN 269: The Latin American City in Literature and Film
  • SPAN 290: Hispanic Films in Context
  • SPAN 294: Modern Latin-American Cultures
  • SPAN 295: Advanced Special Topics: Transnational Fictions
  • SPAN 296: Advanced Special Topics: Latin American Migration Literature
  • SPAN 296: Advanced Special Topics: Sexual Dissidence in Latin American Culture
  • SPAN 296: Advanced Special Topics: Violence in Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 299: Topics in Hispanic Cultures: Urban Imaginaries
  • GRS 001: D2: Introduction to Global Studies
  • GRS 096: Introductory Special Topics: Tales from the Global City