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Dianna C. Niebylski, PhD

Professor

Hispanic and Italian Studies

Contact

Building & Room:

1609 UH

Address:

601 S. Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4582

Email:

dcn@uic.edu

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Drop-In Hours - Fall 2021
Sunday
Monday 12:00pm – 01:30pm and by appointment
Tuesday
Wednesday 12:00pm – 01:30pm and by appointment
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

About

My research centers on three general areas: poverty in contemporary Latin American literature; transgressive humor, sexuality and violence in Latin American women’s fiction and, more recently, voices and music in contemporary fiction and films by Latin American women. Gender Studies, Sociological and historical approaches to literature. Authors and film directors of particular interest: Diamela Eltit, Sergio Chejfec, Lucrecia Martel. On Editorial Board of Foro Hispánico Series, Brill Academic Publishing and the journals Romance Studies, The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, NANO (New American Notes Online).

Selected Publications

Pobreza y precariedad en el imaginario latinoamericano del siglo XXI. Co-edited with Stephen Buttes. Editorial Cuarto Propio, 2017. (Book)

Latin American Icons: Fame across Borders. Co-edited with Patrick O’Connor. Vanderbilt UP, 2014. (Book)

Sergio Chejfec. Trayectorias de una escritura: Ensayos Críticos. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2012. (Book)

Humoring Resistance: Laughter, Bodies and Excess in Latin American Women’s Fictions. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2004. (Book)

“Ironía y violencia en Mano de obra y Fuerzas especiales de Diamela Eltit.” Ironía y violencia en la literatura latinoamericana contemporánea. Ed. Brigitte Adriaensen and Carlos van Tongeren. Serie Nueva Amércia. Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2018: 59-94.

“Forbidding Laughter.” Gender: Laughter. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender. Ed. Bettina Paupenberg. Gale/Macmillan, 2017: 3-18.

Forthcoming “Sounding Class, Race and Gender in Lucrecia Martel’s The Swamp,” in Lucrecia Martel. Ed. Julia Kratje, Paul Merchant and Natalia Christofoletti Barrenha. Series Refocus. The International Director Series. Edinburgh UP. Anticipated Publication Fall 2022.

“En Estado de violencia: cuerpos desechables, violencia sistémica en Impuesto a la carne y Fuerzas especiales de Diamela Eltit.” In Senderos de violencia. Latinoamérica y su literatura armada. Ed. Oswaldo Estrada. Valencia: Albatros, 2016: 269-288.

Maldito amor y otros cuentos. Edición crítica, introducción y notas. AULA series in Contemporary Latin American Authors. Mexico, DF: Fondo de Educacion y Cultura, 2006. (Book)

“Los gauchos de verdad no leen a Borges: masculinidades antinómicas y economía política en “El gaucho insufrible”. Bolaño en sus cuentos. Teresa Basile, Paula Aguilar, eds. Leiden: Almenara Press, 2015: 159-192.

Professional Leadership

Editor-in-Chief, Revista de Género y Sexualidades, 2016-2-18

Editor-in-Chief, Letras femeninas, 2015-2018

Book Review editor, Letras femeninas, 2009-2014

Department Head, (former) Dept. of Spanish, French and Italian, UIC 2005-2008

Interim Director, Latin American Studies, University of Kentucky, 2003-2004

Notable Honors

Summer 2017, Dean's Faculty Award, UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2016-2017, Graduate Mentoring Award, UIC Graduate College

Summer 2006, Dean's Faculty Award, UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D., Brandeis University

Professional Memberships

  • American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • American Philosophy Association (APA)
  • Instituto Internacional de Literatura Hispanoamericana (IILI)

Selected Presentations

Recent Presentations and Invited Lectures

  • “Do Precarious Bodies on the March Add Up to a Public Assembly of Protesters? Diamela Eltit's Decolonizing Gamble n Sumar” - American Comparative Literature Association, Chicago (Virtual), April 9-11, 2021.
  • "Decoding Laughter in French Feminist Philosophers: Cixous." American Philosophy Association, Chicago, Feb. 26-29, 2020.
  • “Forbidding Women’s Laughter”. University of Iceland. Reykjavik, May 23, 2018.
  • “Resonant Bodies, Sonic Vibrations: Lucrecia Martel’s The Holy Girl”. Sound Travels: From the Early Modern Stage to the Cinematic Spectacle. USC Dornsife, April 14, 2017.
  • “Tone Deaf? Historical Amnesia, Class and Differences in Musical Taste in Lucrecia Martel.” Wellesley College, March 17, 2016.
  • “Music, Memory and Amnesia in Lucrecia Martel’s La mujer sin cabeza.” Radboud University. Nijmegen (Holland) May 26, 2015.
  • “Violencia e ironía en Mano de obra y Fuerzas especiales de Diamela Eltit.” Plenary Conference.

Research Currently in Progress

  • Music, Race and Class in the Films of Lucrecia Martel
  • Voices and Music in Films Coming of Age Films by Latin American and Spanish Women Directors 2019-present
  • Member of research network RED VYRAL (Violencia y representación en América Latina)