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Mary Yaneth Oviedo

 
I completed my BA Honours in Spanish Literature and Society with Great Distinction at Concordia University in 2010 and was awarded the Modern Languages and Linguistics Plaque. For my Honours thesis I worked on Laura Restrepo’s novel La multitud errante, basing my analysis on Joseph Campbell’s concept of monomyth. During my undergraduate studies, I was a Research Assistant for Professor Catherine Vallejo and for Professor Roberto Viereck, with whom I continue to work on his project Poetry, Metadiscourse and Metatext: Towards a Contemporary Mapuche Poetics.

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I am presently in my second year in the Master’s Degree program in Hispanic Studies at Concordia, and I intend to complete my thesis in May 2012; it is tentatively titled  Manuela Sáenz, Between Gender and Fictionalization of History: Looking at Her Representation in Twentieth Century Narratives and is under the supervision of Professor Catherine Vallejo. My research interests are history and advertising as literary artifacts, contemporary indigenous poetics, exile, migration, mass media, film and diaspora. On a personal level, I am passionate about painting, photography, but above all about my daughter.
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I have been teaching the Introductory Spanish course for a year now and think that this is one of the most enriching experiences in the Concordia program. I have taken part as a reader in the "Concurso de Cuento" organized by the Colombian Consulate in Montreal and this year I will have the privilege to participate in the International Colloquium of Casa de Las Américas in Havana, Cuba, and the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Hispanists. In addition to these activities, I have received a SSHRC Master's Degree Scholarship and the Bourse de maîtrise en recherche from the FQRSC.
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Research Interests
  • History and advertising as literary artifact.
  • The formation process of national identities in Latin America.
  • Nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first-century Latin American literature and culture.
  • Contemporary indigenous poetics.
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Conference papers and publications
  • "Manuela Saenz in the Memoires of Jean Baptiste Boussingault". International Colloquium of Casa de Las Américas, Havana, Cuba.  February, 2011. Publication forthcoming in the proceedings of the Colloquium.
  • "La mirada del viajero ilustrado sobre el sujeto femenino en la Independencia de Hispanoamérica.” Annual Graduate Student Conference, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. April 2011.