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Before joining The University of Texas at San Antonio, Isaura Contreras Ríos received her PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked as a faculty fellow at UCLA and as an assistant professor at Earlham College.

Her research interests include Latin American and Mexican Literature in the 20th and 21th centuries, the genre of the diary, autobiography and autofiction, travel literature, and illness narratives. She is interested in diaries and autobiographical writing as spaces where one observes cultural practices and socio-political imaginaries at work in the rhetoric of intimacy. She is currently working on a book project, “El diario de escritor en la literatura latinoamericana del siglo XX,” which proposes the concept of the “diario de escritor” (“writer’s diary”) in order to systematize the presence and function of the diary in Latin America through the articulation of a critical framework that encompasses diaries published by their authors.

Isaura is also the author of the short novel La casa al fin de los días (2007) and the children’s book Un día en Kilimaján (2012). In 2010 she won the Premio Nacional de Novela Breve Rosario Castellanos with the novel Cosecha de Verano (CONECULTA).

Degrees

  • PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures. University of California, Los Angeles. 2017.

  • M.A. in Letras Latinoamericanas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). 2011.

  • B.A. in Letras Españolas, Universidad de Guanajuato. 2006.       

Recent Courses


2018-2019  

  • Creative writing (Teoría y práctica del cuento corto).

  • Introduction to textual analysis (Viaje, exilio y migración en Latinoamérica).

  • Elementary Spanish.

 

2016-2018

  • “El género autobiográfico en la literatura mexicana (diario, autobiografía y autoficción)”

  • Latin American Culture

  • Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish

Research in Progress


The current book project “El diario de escritor en la literatura latinoamericana del siglo XX” proposes the concept of the “diario de escritor” (“writer’s diary”) in order to systematize the presence and function of the diary in Latin America through the articulation of a critical framework that encompasses diaries published by their authors in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The research highlights the work of José Donoso (Chile), Eduardo Lalo (Puerto Rico), Mario Levrero (Uruguay), Augusto Monterroso (Guatemala), Alejandra Pizarnik (Argentina), Federico Gamboa, María Luisa Puga (Mexico), and Julio Ramón Ribeyro (Peru), among others. This research focus on four main topics: the reception of European diaries in Latin America; the transition of diaries from manuscripts to published works; the representations of travel and displacement in the modern city; and the metaphorical depiction of illness and corporeal fragility in writers’ diaries. Through critical examinations of pastiches, collages, and textual hybridizations in diaries, this research establishes a connection between the diary’s fragmented structure and postmodern skepticism about representations of totality and unity in art and literature.

Recent Publications


Book Chapters

  • “El diario de Julio Ramón Ribeyro entre la tentación de la crítica y la tentación de la muerte”. Memoria del Perú. Actas del VIII Congreso Internacional de Peruanistas en el Extranjero. Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Ed. José A. Mazzotti y Luis Abanto, Ottawa University, 2018, 123-140.

  • “La filiación literaria de los diarios de Alejandra Pizarnik”. Escrituras al margen,  Ed. by Asunción Rangel. Universidad de Guanajuato, 2013, pp. 52-85.

 

Edited Volumes

  • Párrafo Magazine. The Animal Issue. Editor-in-Chief (with David Ramírez). Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA, 2016.

 

Journal Articles

  • En camino, Taan U Xiimbal. Una video excavación de Christiane Burkhard”. Revista Tierra Adentro 186 (2013): 24-28.

  • “Cosecha de verano, novela corta y autoficción” [Essay]. Boletín 17. Centro de Estudios de Teoría y Crítica Literaria de la Universidad de Rosario, Argentina, 2013.

  • “Empatía e interpretación de la palabra ajena en algunos cuentos de José Revueltas” (co authored with Norma Angelica Cuevas), Semiosis 3.8. (2008): 31-52.

  • “Alejandra Pizarnik: acuerdo y separación”. Semiosis 2.7 (2007): 167-179.

Reviews

  • Review of: Homenaje y diálogo. Norma Cuevas, Ismael Martínez and Elba Sánchez (Eds.), in Revista de Literatura Mexicana 22.1 (2011): 255-259.

  • Review of: La escritura invisible by Patricia Venti, in Semiosis 6.11 (2010): 233-236.

  • Review of: Autofagia y narración. Estrategias de representación en la narrativa iberoamericana de vanguardia by Yanna Haddaty Mora, in Semiosis. 2.5 (2007): 259-263.

 

Interviews

  • “El poema es también una batalla incesante con el mundo: Max Rojas”. Interview with the Mexican poet Max Rojas, co-authored with Antonio Riestra. Luvina 62 (2011): 97-104.

  •  “Una charla con César Aira”. Coauthored with Abraham Sánchez and Elisa Sanchez Vizcaino. Luvina 56 (2009): 253-265.

 


Creative Writing Publications

Books

  • Un día en Kilimanján [Children’s book], Mexico City: Ed. Fernandez Press, 2012. (Selected in 2014 to be part of the “Libros del Rincón” special collection for full time school libraries in Mexico)

  • Cosecha de verano [Novel], Chiapas: CONECULTA, 2010. (National Award of Short Novel Rosario Castellanos, 2010)

  • La casa al fin de los días [Novel], Guanajuato: Universidad de Guanajuato, 2007.

 

Literary Magazines

  •  “Mirando las ventanas” [Short story]. Revista de la Universidad de México 113 (2013): 66-68.

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