Ruth Solarte Gonzalez



Ph.D in Spanish

Research Interests

Ruth Solarte, a native of Colombia, is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. She earned an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2013), with a thesis titled “Representaciones de la mujer en la literatura de la violencia: el universo narco-sicaresco de Rosario Tijeras de Jorge Franco”. She also earned an M.Ed. in Language and Arts, from Carthage College (2011), with a thesis titled “Effectiveness of Teaching Listening Strategies in a Foreign Language”. She studied a B.A. in Spanish and English at the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional de Colombia (2007). Her research interests focus on the cultural and political normalization of different types of violence against women in certain totalitarian regimes in Latin America, from the perspective of biopolitics, human rights, and gender and memory studies. Ruth is interested in the role of literature and visual arts as a space of symbolic resistance vis a vis authoritarianism, as well as in the work and activism of writers and artists, who have participated, explored and criticized the contemporary aestheticization of violence.


 “Representaciones femeninas en el arte y las narrativas del conflicto violento colombiano en los últimos cien años”. Revista de estudios colombianos. 46 (2015): 45-56. Print.

“Surrealidad, arquetipos y emancipación femenina en La última niebla de María Luisa Bombal”. Pegaso The University of Oklahoma. 6 (2013): 120-142. Print


Presentations at Conferences


 “Representaciones del sujeto femenino en el arte y la literatura de la violencia en Colombia”. University of Alabama Languages Conference. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, February, 2016.


“De la picaresca a la sicaresca: La picara Justina y Rosario Tijeras de Jorge Franco”.

KFLC The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 2015.


“Using Communities to Engage Students’ Active Learning Strategies about Hispanic Cultures: Project-Based Learning”. Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers Fall Conference, Appleton, WI, November 2014.


 “Identidades femeninas y resistencia frente a la sociedad narco-patriarcal colombiana,: Delirio de Laura Restrepo”. KFLC The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April 2014.


Contact Information

343 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Mailing Address:

University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556