Michael Lazzara

michale lazzara

Position Title
Professor of Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, Graduate Program Advisor, Chair, Designated Emphasis in Human Rights, Chair, Academic Senate Committee on International Education

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

  • Spanish 100: Introduction to Critical Reading and Textual Analysis
  • Spanish 170: Introduction to Latin American Culture
  • Spanish 151: Introduction to Contemporary Latin American Literature
  • Spanish 159: Latin American Identities: Utopias and Dystopias
  • Spanish 175: Speaking Truth to Power: Testimonial Literature in Latin America
  • Spanish 172: Latin American Documentary Film
  • Spanish 159S: Contemporary Argentine Narrative (taught for Quarter Abroad in Mendoza, Argentina)
  • Spanish 175: Chile and Argentina since the 1960s
  • Spanish 182: The Art of Literary Translation: A Workshop
  • Spanish 175/175S: Human Rights and Memory in Chile (taught annually for Summer Abroad in Santiago, Chile)
  • Human Rights 161: Human Rights in Latin America
  • Human Rights 130: The Politics of Memory in Latin America: Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation
  • Spanish 274: Testimonio: Theory and Praxis
  • Spanish 274: Chile, 40 Years after the Coup: Politics, Aesthetics, Memories
  • Spanish 274: Latin American Documentary: From "Third Cinema" to the "Subjective Turn"
  • Spanish 274: Critical Directions in Memory Studies
  • Cultural Studies 210/Human Rights 200B: Memory, Culture and Human Rights


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

RECENT BOOKS AND SPECIAL ISSUES

  • Civil Obedience: Complicity and Complacency in Chile since Pinochet. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2018. Published in the “Critical Human Rights” series, co-edited by Steve J. Stern and Scott Straus.
  • Latin American Documentary Film in the New Millennium. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Co-edited with María Guadalupe Arenillas.
  • Special Issue of Radical History Review 124 (January 2016): “The Other 9/11: Chile, 1973—Memory, Resistance, and Democratization.” Co-edited with Alicia del Campo, Heidi Tinsman, and Angela Vergara.
  • 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

  • “Retazos de la memoria.” In Ricardo Fuentealba Fabio and Rodrigo Araya Tacussis eds., Fuentealba 1973 (Santiago: Editorial Pehuén, forthcoming 2018).
  • “Memory Parks.” In Ricardo Vinyes ed., Historical Dictionary of Concepts, Expressions, and Uses of Collective Memory (Gedisa Editorial/University of Barcelona, forthcoming 2018).
  • “The Memory Turn,” In Juan Poblete ed., New Approaches to Latin American Studies: Culture and Power (New York: Routledge, 2017).
  • “Globalization and Documentary Film: Luso-Hispanic Reflections.” In Robert Patrick Newcomb and Richard A. Gordon eds., Beyond Tordesillas: New Approaches to Comparative Luso-Hispanic Studies (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2017).
  • “Complicity and Responsibility in the Aftermath of the Pinochet Regime: The Case of ‘El Mocito.’” In Rúbrica contemporánea 5.9 (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2017). Special issue on “Las declaraciones públicas de perpetradores: narrativas y conflictos en la memoria social en contextos de pos-guerra, pos-dictatoriales y pos-genocidas,” co-edited by Claudia Feld and Valentina Salvi.
  • “What Remains of Third Cinema?” In María Guadalupe Arenillas and Michael J. Lazzara eds., Latin American Documentary Film in the New Millennium (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
  • “Pensar entre épocas: escrituras de vidas y transformación subjetiva en el Chile post-Pinochet.” (reprint) In Nuestra América: Revista de estudios sobre la Cultura Latinoamericana 10 (Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal, January-July 2016). Coordinators: Fernando A. Blanco, Andrea Jeftanovic, and Bernardita Llanos.
  • “Writing Complicity: The Case of Mariana Callejas.” In Radical History Review 124 (Duke University Press, January 2016).
  • “Performances—Memory, Monuments.” In Ileana Rodríguez and Mónica Szurmuk eds., The Cambridge History of Latin American Women’s Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016).
  • “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

  • A monographic study that seeks to understand memory configurations of children of perpetrators of political violence in Chile, Argentina, and Peru (in progress).
  • How the Military Remembers: Countermemories of the Cold War in Latin America. Co-edited with Cynthia E. Milton (in progress).
  • Archives in Transition: Unsettling State Memory in Latin American Democracies. Co-edited with Fernando A. Blanco (under contract with A Contracorriente Press).
  • Translation and edition of José Carlos Agüero’s Los rendidos. Co-edited with Charles F. Walker (in progress).
     

HONORS AND AWARDS

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