Michael Lazzara, Ph.D.

michael lazzara

Position Title
Associate Professor

Unit
Spanish

606 Sproul Hall
Bio

Education and Degree(s):

  • Ph.D., Princeton University

Research Interest(s):

  • Contemporary Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies
  • Literature of the Southern Cone
  • Chile, Argentina
  • Revolutions, Dictatorships, Transitions to Democracy
  • Memory Studies
  • Trauma, Violence
  • Human Rights
  • Film Studies, particularly Documentary Film

Course(s) Taught:

  • SPA 100: Introduction to Critical Reading and Textual Analysis
  • SPA 170: Introduction to Latin American Culture
  • SPA 151: Introduction to Contemporary Latin American Literature
  • SPA 159: Latin American Identities: Utopias and Dystopias
  • SPA 175: Speaking Truth to Power: Testimonial Literature in Latin America
  • SPA 172: Latin American Documentary Film
  • SPA 159S: Contemporary Argentine Narrative (taught for Quarter Abroad in Mendoza, Argentina)
  • SPA 175: Chile and Argentina since the 1960s
  • SPA 182: The Art of Literary Translation: A Workshop
  • SPA 175/ 175S: Human Rights and Memory in Chile (taught annually for Summer Abroad in Santiago, Chile)
  • SPA 274: Testimonio: Theory and Praxis
  • SPA 274: Chile, 40 Years after the Coup: Politics, Aesthetics, Memories
  • SPA 274: Latin American Documentary: From "Third Cinema" to the "Subjective Turn"
  • SPA 274: Critical Directions in Memory Studies
  • CST 210/ HMR 200B: Memory, Culture and Human Rights

Selected Publications:

Recent Publications

Books and Special Issues:

•Special Issue of A contracorriente: A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America 12.1 (Fall 2014): “La performance del archivo: re imaginar memoria e historia en América Latina.” Co-edited with Fernando A. Blanco and Wolfgang Bongers.

Luz Arce and Pinochet’s Chile: Testimony in the Aftermath of State Violence. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Foreword by Jean Franco.

Telling Ruins in Latin America. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Co-edited with Vicky Unruh.

Luz Arce: después del infierno. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2008.

Prismas de la memoria: narración y trauma en la transición chilena. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2008.

Chile in Transition: The Poetics and Politics of Memory. Gaineseville: University Press of Florida, 2006.

Carmen's Rust. A translation with introduction of Ana María del Río's novel Óxido de Carmen. New York: The Overlook Press, 2003.

Los años de silencio: conversaciones con narradores chilenos que escribieron bajo dictadura. Santiago de Chile: Cuarto Propio, 2002.

Diamela Eltit: conversación en Princeton. Princeton University: Program in Latin American Studies, 2002.

Select Recent Articles:

•“El fenómeno mocito (Las puestas en escena de un sujeto cómplice).” In A contracorriente: A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America 12.1 (Fall 2014).

•“Pensar entre épocas: escrituras de vidas y transformación subjetiva en el Chile post-Pinochet.” In Cuadernos de literature 37.XVIII (2014).

•“Aproximación al pensamiento crítico de Nelly Richard: fundamentos y debates de (y con) la crítica cultural.” Taller de letras 54 (2014).

•“Kidnapped Memories: Argentina’s Stolen Children Tell Their Stories.” Journal of Human Rights 12.3 (July-September 2013).

•“Radiografía del pinochetismo: una conversación con la documentalista Marcela Said.” In Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana 42.1 (May 2013).

•“Diamela Eltit.” In Will H. Corral, Juan DeCastro, and Nicholas Birns eds., The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel: Bolaño and After (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013).

•“Violencia, memoria, justicia: una entrevista a Pilar Calveiro.” In A contracorriente: A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America 10.2 (Winter 2013). Co-authored with Mónica Szurmuk and María Rosa Olivera-Williams.

•“Militancy Then and Now: A Conversation with Carmen Castillo.” In Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 21.1 (March 2012).

•“Remembering Revolution after Ruin and Genocide: Recent Chilean Documentary Films and the Writing of History.” In Kristi M. Wilson and Tomás F. Crowder-Taraborelli eds. Film and Genocide (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012).

•“Dos propuestas de conmemoración pública: Londres 38 y El Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos (Santiago de Chile).” In A contracorriente: A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America 8.3 (Spring 2011).

•“Justice and its Remainders: Diamela Eltit’s Puño y letra.” In Francesca Lessa and Vincent Druliolle eds. The Memory of State Terrorism in the Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

•“Guzmán’s Allende.” In Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana 38.2 (November 2009).

•“Filming Loss: (Post-)Memory, Subjectivity, and the Performance of Failure in Recent Argentine Documentary Films.” In Latin American Perspectives 36.5 (2009).

•“Estrategias de dominación y resistencia corporales: las biopolíticas del mercado en Mano de obra, de Diamela Eltit.” In Rubí Carreño, ed. Eltit: redes locales/globales (Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/ Vervuert Verlag, 2009).

•“Pinochet’s Cadaver as Ruin and Palimpsest.” In Michael J. Lazzara and Vicky Unruh eds., Telling Ruins in Latin America (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

•“Crítica cultural.” In Robert McKee Irwin and Mónica Szurmuk eds. Diccionario de estudios culturales. (México: Instituto Mora, 2009).

•“Hacia una delimitación del cine documental como género: una conversación con Andrés Di Tella.” In Brújula 6.1 (2007).

•“The Poetics of Impossibility: Diamela Eltit's El padre mío.” In Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana 35.1 (May 2006).

•“Luz Arce: militancia, colaboración, perdón (palabras desde la zona gris).” In Revista de crítica cultural 32 (November 2005).

•“Miradas políticas, miradas estéticas: un diálogo con Diamela Eltit.” In Brújula 4.1 (2005).

•“Tres recorridos de Villa Grimaldi.” In Elizabeth Jelin and "Victoria Langland, eds. Monumentos, memoriales y marcas territoriales." (Madrid/Buenos Aires, Siglo XXI Editores, 2003).

Current Projects

Civil Obedience: Narratives of Complicity and Metamorphosis in Post-Pinochet Chile. A monographic book project dealing with the ethics of autobiographical accounts by civilian accomplices with the Pinochet regime.

Latin American Documentary Filmmaking in the New Millennium. Co-edited with María Guadalupe Arenillas. Studies recent tendencies in Latin American documentary cinema, including the ”subjective turn,” the politics and ethics of the encounter between filmmaker and subject, and the intersections between documentary practice and the politics of memory (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Archives in Transition: Unsettling State Memory in Latin American Democracies. Co-edited with Fernando A. Blanco (forthcoming from A contracorriente Press, 2016).

•Special Issue of Radical History Review 124 (forthcoming 2016). “The Other September 11: Chile, 1973.” Co-edited with Heidi Tinsman, Angela Vergara, and Alicia Del Campo.

Honors and Awards:

  • 7th Annual ASUCD Excellence in Education Award for Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies, 2009.
  • J. William Fulbright Scholarship, 1998.