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Rivera, Marianela (PhD)

Program Coordinator/Asst Prof
Department of Language & Literature
Office: RH 0229
Phone: 239-745-4318
Email: marrivera@fgcu.edu

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Education

Ph.D. Hispanic Studies, University of California, Riverside (2009)
M.A. Foreign Languages and Cultures, Washington State University (2006)
B.A. Comparative Literature, University of Puerto Rico (2004)

Specialties

19th-21tst Century Peninsular Spanish literature
Peninsular Spanish Film
Hispano-African literature
Migration studies

Research and Teaching Interests

Spanish language (all levels)
Spanish for the Professions (Health / Hospitality / Business)
19th -21st Century Peninsular Spanish literature and culture
Peninsular Spanish theater, film, and media
Migration studies
Hispanic cultural production and national/regional identities
Hispano-African literature (focus on feminine literature from Morocco, Western Sahara, and Equatorial Guinea)
Responses to globalization
Gender studies

Courses Offered

SPN 1120C – Beginning Spanish I
SPN 1121C – Beginning Spanish II
SPN 2221C – Intermediate Spanish II
SPN 3300 – Spanish Advanced Composition
SPT 3100 – Spanish Masterpieces
SPT 3532 – Hispanic Cinema
LIT 4930 – Spanish Golden Age Theater
SPW 4930 – Spanish for the Professions
SPT 4910 – Directed Independent Study
HUM 2390 – Topics in Humanities

Study Abroad Courses / Trips Led (FGCU):
Spain (Summer 2016)
Ecuador (Summer 2019)

Publications

  • “Feminine Voices from Equatorial Guinea: Writing in Spanish against Invisibility and Silence.” Hispanic and Lusaphone Voices of Africa, Ed. David Mongor-Lizarrabengoa and Sarita Addy. Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press. (Forthcoming, 2020)
  • “Women’s Poetry from Western Sahara: Hispanic-African Voices of Revolution and Freedom”.  Proceedings: Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Films. Irvine & Boca Raton: Brown Walker Press. (Forthcoming, 2019)
  • “A Reflection on Humanistic Values and Belief Structure of the GCC Region: Spirituality, Learning, Dominance, and Social Structure.”  Humanistic Perspectives on International Business and Management. Ed. Nathaniel C. Lupton and Michael Pirson.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 137-49. Print. [Co-authored with O.N. Salha, Ph.D.]
  • “Voces saharauis de libertad: La poesía de Salka Embarek y Zahra Hasnaui.” Espéculo. Revista de Estudios Literarios. 53. (2014).
  • “Puerto Rican Food.Encyclopedia of Latino Culture: From Calaveras to Quinceañeras.  Ed. Charles Tatum. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2013.  440-1. Print.
  • “African Influence on Latino Folklore.”  Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions.  Ed. María Herrera-Sobek.  Vol. 1. 2012. 7-19. Print.
  • “Puerto Rico and its Folklore.”  Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions.  Ed. María Herrera-Sobek.  Vol. 1. 2012. 929-942.  Print.
  • Romeo el africano: Encuentro con el “otro” y (re)definición de identidades en Las voces del estrecho de Andrés Sorel (2000).” Espéculo. Revista de Estudios Literarios. 46. (2011).

Conference Presentations

  • “Montserrat Anguiano: Identidad femenina afro-hispana a través de la pintura.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association.  Atlanta, Georgia.  November 2019. (forthcoming)
  • “Feminine Voices from Equatorial Guinea: Writing in Spanish against Invisibility and Silence.” Northeast Modern Language Association.  Washington DC. March, 2019.
  • “Literatura hispano-africana contemporánea: Los fantasmas del colonialismo español en Guinea Ecuatorial y el Sahara Occidental.”  South Atlantic Modern Language Association.  Birmingham, AL.  November, 2018.
  • “Inmigrantes africanos del más allá: Identidad, invisibilidad y fantasmas en Las voces del Estrecho (2016), de Andrés Sorel.”  Association of Gender Studies and Sexuality. Chicago, Illinois.  September, 2018.
  • “Inmigrantes africanos en la España del siglo XXI: Cuerpos, espacios y poder.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA).  Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.  April, 2018.
  • “Sahrawi Women’s Poetry: Hispanic-African Voices of Revolution and Freedom.” Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literature, and Film.  Celebration, Florida. March, 2018.
  • “Literatura femenina saharaui en español: La defensa de la identidad del Sahara Occidental en la poesía de Fátima Galia M. Salem.” XIX Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica. Buenos Aires, Argentina.  March, 2017.
  • “Poesía femenina saharaui: Cantos hispánicos por la libertad de la última colonia africana.”  XXVI Annual Conference of the International Association of Women’s Studies in Hispanic Literature and Culture.  Houston, Texas, November 2016.
  • “Entre silencios y objetivación: La ‘voz’ de los inmigrantes africanos en los relatos de Nieves García Benito y Andrés Sorel.” XVII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica. Mérida, México.  March, 2016.
  • “Immigration and Contemporary Spanish Cinema: Cultural Clashes, Otherness, and the Struggle for Integration.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. Portland, Oregon, November 2015.
  • “Inmigración africana en el cine español contemporáneo.” Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica, Antigua, Guatemala, March 2015.
  • “Viaje, transformación y supervivencia: Subsaharianos rumbo a España en el film español 14 kilómetros (2007).” Spanish and Portuguese Research Group.  University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN. May, 2014.
  • “From Africa to Spain: Identity, Otherness, and Silence in the story La mujer sin cabeza, by Andrés Sorel (2002).”  Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Seattle, WA, October 2012.
  • “New Directions of the Contemporary Spanish Cinema: North African Immigrants’ Attempts of Social and Economic Integration in Letters from Alou (1990).” Modern Languages Symposium 2011. Dublin, Ireland. December, 2011.
  • “Esclavos en el Paraíso: La objetivación de los inmigrantes norteafricanos y la lucha por el poder en La Cazadora (1995), de Encarna Cabello.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Claremont, CA, November, 2011.
  • “Immigración norteafricana en el cine español: Fricciones de identidad, integración y poder en Poniente (2002), de Chus Gutierrez." Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Honolulu, HI.  November, 2010.
  • Si te dicen que caí: la Guerra Civil y la “realidad inventada” de los aventis,” CINE-LIT VI: International Conference on Hispanic Film and Fiction, Portland, February 2007.
  • “Tendencias impresionistas: La pintura de John WilliamWaterhouse y la Sonata de Otoño de Ramón del Valle-Inclán,” Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Tucson, AZ.  October, 2006.