Karina A. Baptista

PhD Student
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Education

Ph.D.,Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2020)
M.A., Spanish, Yale University (2016)
M.A., Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, 2014
B.A., Spanish, St. Mary’s College of California (2011), magna cum laude
  • Minor: Politics

Research Interests

  • Literature and film of contemporary Latin America and Spain
  • The Global South
  • Plague as metaphor
  • Representations of justice, particularly the recurrence of Nemesis in Latin American narratives
  • Digital humanities

Teaching

  • SPAN 1010 and 1020, summer 2017, University of Virginia in Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • SPAN 1020, spring 2016 and 2017, University of Virginia
  • SPAN 2010, fall 2016, University of Virginia

Publications

“El derecho a la muerte.” Verso y Flor Revista Literaria en Español de Saint Mary’s College of California 1 (2011): 11–15.

Creative writing pieces in Alumbre Fanzine 15, 16, 19, 21, 23, 27, 29 (2014–present).

Translation of Juan Calatrava, “City and Architecture in Rousseau’s Thought,” in Leonor Ferrao and Luis Manuel A. V. Bernardo (eds.), Views on Eighteenth Century Culture. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015, pp. 20–43.

Presentations

“Defying Nemesis: The Confessional World of El llano en llamas.” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, March 2017.

“El apóstrofe epistolar en Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela de Elena Poniatowska.” Mountain Interstate Foreign Languages Conference, Harrisonburg, Virginia, October 2016.

“Demiurgo en el intersticio: las negociaciones subalternas en ‘Tercera derrota: 1941 o El idioma de los muertos’ de Alberto Méndez.”  Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, April 2016.

“Becoming Authentic:  The Lesbian Continuum in Todo sobre mi madre.”  XXIII Congreso Anual de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica, Claremont, California, October 2013.

Grants & Awards

  • Lyman T. Johnson Academic Fellowship, University of Kentucky, 2012–2014
  • Graduate School Academic Year Fellowship, University of Kentucky, 2012–2013
  • Lezama Lima Award for Excellence at Intellectual Inquiry, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2011
  • Annual Local 159 Scholarship, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2008–2011
  • Honors at Entrance Scholarship, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2008–2010