About

Maria Rosa Olivera-Williams is Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests center on the representations of subjectivities and national identities in modern and contemporary Latin American cultural production; artistic projects from the Southern Cone; and issues of dictatorship, democratic transition, and traumatic memory. 

Olivera-Williams received a J. William Fulbright Research Award for her current work “The Rhythms of Modernization: Tango, Ruin, and Historical Memory in the Rio de la Plata Countries." This book-length monograph studies tango as music, poetry, dance, and interpretation and as a symbol of Argentina’ and Uruguay’s uneven processes of modernization. 

Thematic Interests

Representations of subjectivities and national identities in modern and contemporary Latin American cultural production; artistic projects from the Southern Cone; issues of dictatorship, democratic transition and traumatic memory

Current Research

“The Rhythms of Modernization: Tango, Ruin, and Historical Memory in the Rio de la Plata Countries,” funded by a J. William Fulbright Research Award. This new project questions how tango, the popular Rio de la Plataphenomenon that encompasses music, dance, and lyrics, became the embodiment of modernization and a strong national symbol of Argentina and Uruguay.

Countries

Books

La poesía gauchesca de Hidalgo a Hernandez (Xalapa, Veracruz, México: Centro de Investigaciones Lingüistico-Literarias, Universidad Veracruzana, 1986)

Journal Articles

“Violencia, memoria, justicia: una entrevista a Pilar Calveiro” (with Michael J. Lazzara and Mónica Szurmuk), A Contracorriente 10, 2 (winter 2013)
El legado del exilio de Cristina Peri Rossi: un mapa para géneros e identidades,” in Sophia A. McClennen and Brantley Nicholson, eds., The Generation of ’72: The Forced Global Citizens of Latin America (special number of A Contracorriente 10,1 (2012). 
“La nueva vanguardia, tecnología y Árbol veloZ de Luis Bravo,” in Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 14 (2011)
“Lo femenino delirante: La mujer desnuda de Armonía Somers,” in Romance Quarterly 58, 1 (2011)
“La década del 70 en el Cono Sur: discursos nostálgicos que recuerdan la revolución y escriben la historia,” in Romance Quarterly 57 1 (2010)

Book Chapters

“The Twentieth Century as Ruin: Tango and Historical Memory,” in Telling Ruins in Latin America, Vicky Unruh and Michael Lazzara, eds. (Palgrave Macmillan 2009)
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