Meet Ana Forcinito, Jaime Hanneken, and Raúl Marrero-Fente.
Ana Forcinito, associate professor, joined the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies in 2006. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and was formerly at Trinity University in Texas and the State University of New York, Albany before coming to the University of Minnesota. Ana specializes in Latin American literature with areas of interest encompassing 19th and 20th century Latin American literature, testimonio, memory studies, gender studies, human rights, and Latin American film. When she is not teaching classes on cultural topics or film studies, Ana is working on two book-length projects. Calidoscopios y testimonios sobrevivientes focuses on testimonial writing, human rights and the cultural production of survivors of political repression in Argentina and Uruguay. Mirar la pos-dictadura: mujeres en el cine argentino discusses the new trends in Argentine cinema from a gender perspective, focusing on the explosion of women filmmakers in the new independent cinema during the last decade.
Jaime Hanneken received her Ph.D. in Hispanic studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. She held a one-year visiting position at Columbia University before coming to the University of Minnesota. Her research interests center on 19th- and 20th-century Latin America, postcolonial studies, and francophone literature and culture. In particular, her work looks at different transactions--of knowledge, politics, and culture--that are carried out between metropolitan discourse and its margins in (neo)imperial contexts. She is currently completing a book-length study on the way the critical term "postcolonial" is often understood as an identity, and how it can be better understood as a practice; a second book-length project will examine the spiritual negotiation of Marxist theory in Latin American anti-imperial writing.
Jaime has enjoyed teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in the department over the past year. During fall 2008 she taught a freshman seminar on media scandal and "minority" literature, and during spring 2009 she plans to pilot the newly transformed Span 3105w, Introduction to Hispanic Cultures.
Before joining our department as assistant professor of Spanish, Raúl Marrero-Fente taught at Columbia University and the University of Richmond. He received his Ph.D. in Hispanic literatures from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1997, and a law degree from the University of Camaguey, Cuba in 1985. He also taught law and political science at the University of Camaguey and at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.
His research interests include colonial Latin American literature and transatlantic studies. He is the author and editor of seven books and more than 30 articles and book chapters that have appeared in journals in Latin America, Europe, Canada, and the United States. His book, Epic, Empire and Community in the Atlantic World was published by Bucknell University Press in May 2008. Currently he is working on a new book, Spectral Agency: Epic, Loss and Mourning in Colonial Latin America Literature (1537-1599). He has received fellowships and research grants from the John Carter Brown Library, the Newberry Library, the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Cultural Ministry and the U.S. Universities, the McKnight Summer Fellowship, and the University of Minnesota Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, among others. In addition, he has been a visiting fellow at the Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) in Spain, and visiting professor of Latin American literature at the University of Concepción, Chile.