María Rosa Olivera-Williams

Professor, Latin American Literature
Faculty Fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
(PhD, Ohio State University, Presidential Award)

Maria Rose Olivera-Williams

 

Research Profile

Thematic interests:
Representations of subjectivities and national identities in modern and contemporary Latin American cultural production; artistic projects from the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay); and issues of dictatorship, democratic transition, and traumatic memory
 
Current research:
“The Rhythms of Modernization: Tango, Ruin, and Historical Memory in the Rio de la Plata Countries,” for which she received a J. William Fulbright Research Award (2011-2012). This book-length monograph studies tango as music, poetry, dance, and interpretation and as a symbol of Argentina’ and Uruguay’s uneven processes of modernization. Professor Olivera-Williams reads tango as a vehicle that binds the individual to the collective and the national. By virtue of this linkage, tango becomes the new epistemic language of modernity.
 
Her latest book, El arte de crear lo femenino (Santiago, Chile: Cuarto Propio, 2012), is a theoretical and applied study of women’s social movements and fiction narratives during the second half of the twentieth century in the Southern Cone countries of Latin America, focusing on the post-suffragist period and the military dictatorship and post-dictatorship period. This book has been hailed as a “ground-breaking study of feminine identity through an original and in-depth analysis of the work of seven foundational authors of the Southern Cone, as well as a major contribution to the study of twentieth century Argentine, Chilean, and Uruguayan literature, culture, and history.”
 
Other books include El salto de Minerva: Intelectuales, género, Estado en América Latina, coeditor with Mabel Moraña (Madrid: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2005) and La poesía gauchesca de Hidalgo a Hernandez (Xalapa, Veracruz, México: Centro de Investigaciones Lingüistico-Literarias. Universidad Veracruzana, 1986).
 
Selected publications:
Among a large corpus of refereed articles and book chapters in the areas of her research, some of her recent publications are:
 
“Boom, Realismo Mágico—Boom and Boomito.” Cambridge History of Latin American Women’s Literature. Eds. Ileana Rodríguez and Mónica Szurmuk. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015. 278-295.
 
“Tango: el deseo de pertenecer”. ACT 29 Literaturas e Culturas em Portugal e na América Hispânica: Novas Perspectivas em Diáologo. Lisboa, Portugal: Centro de Estudos Comparatistas, Universidad de Lisboa P, 2014. 23-41.
 
“El legado del exilio de Cristina Peri Rossi: un mapa para géneros e identidades” y “Cristina Peri Rossi bajo la lente de la generación del 72”. The Generation of ’72. Latin American Forced Global Citizens. Eds. Brantley Nicholson and Sophia A. McClennen. North Carolina: A contracorriente, 2013. 119-146; 273-282. 
 
“Violencia, memoria, justicia: una entrevista a Pilar Calveiro”. (Michael J. Lazzara, María Rosa Olivera-Williams y Mónica Szurmuk). A Contracorriente 10.2 (winter 2013): 324-346.
 
“El legado del exilio de Cristina Peri Rossi: un mapa para géneros e identidades”. The Generation of ’72: The Forced Global Citizens of Latin America. Eds. Sophia A. McClennen and Brantley Nicholson. Special number of A Contracorriente (fall/winter 2012): 59-87.
 
“El tango como afecto: cruces y cortes de la sensibilidad moderna y posmoderna”. El lenguaje de las emociones: Afecto y cultura en América Latina. Eds. Mabel Moraña e Ignacio Sánchez Prado. Madrid: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2012. 211-226.
 
“Cien años de poesía de mujeres uruguayas: balance de dos centenarios”. Poesía y diversidades: Lecturas críticas en el bicentenario. Santiago, Chile: Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades de la Universidad de Chile, Gráfica LOM, 2012: 185-196.
 
“Lo femenino delirante: La mujer desnuda de Armonía Somers”. Romance Quarterly 58. 1 (2011): 27-53.
 
“La nueva vanguardia, tecnología y Árbol veloZ de Luis Bravo”. Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 
14 (2011): 349-360.
 
“La década del 70 en el Cono Sur: discursos nostálgicos que recuerdan la revolución y escriben la historia”. Romance Quarterly 57. 1 (2010): 43-62.
 
“The Twentieth Century as Ruin: Tango and Historical Memory.” Telling Ruins in Latin America. Eds. Vicky Unruh and Michael Lazzara. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 95-106.   
 
Selected awards and recognitions:
Elected Member of the J. William Fulbright Southern Cone Review Committee (2013-2015), J. William Fulbright Research Award (2011-2012); Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2010); Elected by the executive committee of the Division on 20th-Century Latin American Literature to serve as the division’s representative in the MLA Delegate Assembly (2009-2012); La Estrella del Año 2008 in Education Award, the Learning Generation Initiative, Indiana (2008); Elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the Division on Twentieth- Century Latin American Literature, the Modern Language Association (2006); 2006 Nevada Humanities Scholar, The Western Folk Life Center and The Great Basin College, Elko, Nevada (2006); The Kaneb Award in the College of Arts and Letters for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, University of Notre Dame (1999; 2005); Elected Member of the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association of the Division on Twentieth Century Latin American Literature (2003-2007); The Latin American Studies Association Program Chair for the 24th International Congress (2002-2003).

Contact Information

265 Decio Faculty Hall
574-631-7268
molivera@nd.edu
 
Mailing Address:
University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556