Diversity in the Literary Academic World: The Interdisciplinary Path in Latin American Studies and its Public Engagement

By Natalia Navarro-Albaladejo.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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How can we avoid stereotypical cultural representations? How can we link theory and public engagement in the classroom when teaching Latin American culture and literature?

Keywords: Latin American Curriculum in the US, Diversity and its Contradictions, Globalization, Cultural Representation

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.129-136. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 836.465KB).

Dr. Natalia Navarro-Albaladejo

My main interests are contemporary literary theory in the context of current world changes, political theory, migration policies and their effects on contemporary Hispanic literature. I am also interested in analyzing the causes and effects of economic globalization in the homogenization of culture. How do minorities enter the globalized world and what do they have to give up in order to do so? Is it possible to maintain their localized identity and still enter the global market? In order to answer these questions I refer to political, cultural and literary theory and read contemporary Hispanic literature (usually from authors who have migrated) in the light of their theoretical contributions. The practical but obsolete academic division between Peninsular and Latin American literature is not observed in my research, since the constant and growing migratory movements of writers has proven it non-relevant. Therefore I am interested in writers from both sides of the Atlantic. I received my PhD in Hispanic Literature from PennState University in 2004.

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