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Dr. Lisa Renee DiGiovanni

Associate Professor
Modern Languages and Cultures/Women's and Gender Studies
Morrison Hall 118 • M-1301

University of Oregon, Ph.D., Romance Languages

University of Oregon, Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies

Middlebury College, Master of Arts in Spanish

Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

My area of specialization includes 19th-21st century Spanish Peninsular and Latin American literature and film from a transnational perspective, with an emphasis on the relationship between history, literature, memory, and gender. More specifically, I explore how writers and filmmakers have grappled with the legacies of 20th century dictatorial violence in Spain and Chile, as well as the loss of revolutionary utopianism that characterized the periods of the Second Spanish Republic (1931-1939) and the Popular Unity (1970-1973).

My approach to teaching always emphasizes critical thinking, interdisciplinarity, and active learning. In my Spanish language courses, I strive to enliven the language through culturally rich content and encourage students to study abroad by sharing my own experiences traveling and researching in Spain, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, France and Italy. At all levels, I aim to challenge students to question their assumptions and to gain depth of cultural and historical knowledge through the study of language, literature and film.


20th – 21st Century Spanish and Latin American Literature and Cinema

Social movements and military dictatorships in Spain and the Southern Cone

Gender Studies/ Intersections between gender and memory

Published Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  1. DiGiovanni, Lisa. “Visual Archives of Loss and Longing: Mi vida con Carlos by Germán Berger-Hertz.” Journal of Romance Studies 13.3 (2013): 62-74.

  2. DiGiovanni, Lisa. “Memories of Motherhood and Militancy in Chile: Gender and Nostalgia in Calle Santa Fe by Carmen Castillo.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 21.1 (2012): 15-36.

  3. DiGiovanni, Lisa. “Masculinity, Misogyny and Mass in Los girasoles ciegos by Alberto Méndez” Anales de la literatura española contemporánea, 37.1 (2012): 39-61.

  4. DiGiovanni, Lisa. “Unsettling Nostalgia in Roberto Brodsky's Últimos días de la historia.” Chasqui 40.2 (2011): 108-124.

Book Chapters in Edited Volumes:

  1. DiGiovanni, Lisa. “Militarized Masculinity: Boys’ Socialization and the Postwar Graphic Novel of Carlos Giménez.” The Dynamics of Masculinity in Contemporary Spain. Ed. Lorraine Ryan and Ana Corbalán. Routledge New Hispanisms. Forthcoming 2016.

  2. DiGiovanni, Lisa. “Modes of Silence and Resistance: Chilean Documentary and Gendered Torture.” Cinema and the State-Tortured Body. Ed. Mark de Valk. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming 2016.

  3. DiGiovanni, Lisa. “Childhood Memories of Inner Exile in Spain and Chile” The Iberian and Latin American Transatlantic Studies Reader. Ed. Ceclia Enjuto Rangel, Sebastiaan Faber, Pedro García Caro and Robert Patrick Newcomb. Liverpool University Press. Forthcoming 2016.

  4. DiGiovanni, Lisa. “Return to Galicia: Nostalgia, Nation and Gender in Manuel Rivas’s Spain” Memory-Nostalgia-Melancholy: Re-imagining Home in a Time of Mobility. Ed. Maja Mikula. Under contract. Cambridge Scholars.

Collectively Authored Interviews in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

  1. DiGiovanni, Lisa and Pedro García-Caro. “The Uncertain Territory of Memory: A Conversation with Chilean Writer Roberto Brodsky.” World Literature Today 86.5 (2012): Web. Sept.-Oct. 2012.

  2. DiGiovanni, Lisa and Pedro García-Caro. “La tierra incierta de la memoria: Entrevista con Roberto Brodsky” (accepted pending revisions in La revista chilena de literatura).

Book Reviews:

  1. DiGiovanni, Lisa. “Memory Bridges: A Review of Love and Revolutionary Greetings: An Ohio Boy in the Spanish Civil War by Laurie E. Levinger” (Resource Publications, 2012). The Volunteer, Dec. 2012.

  2. DiGiovanni, Lisa. A Review of Latin American Documentary Film in the New Millennium. Ed. Maria Guadalupe Arenillas and Michael Lazzara. Palgrave Macmillan. Under contract. A contracorriente.

Book Manuscript (in progress) Longing for Resistance: Post-Revolutionary Nostalgia in Spanish and Chilean Fiction and Film. This book examines the reflective dimensions of nostalgic longing for a pre-dictatorial past in Spain and Chile, as well as the resistance to the Franco and Pinochet regimes in contemporary fiction and film. (To be completed in 2016).

Book Translation: Last Days of History. Translation of Roberto Brodsky’s Últimos días de la historia (2001). Set within the context of Chile’s transition to democracy, this novel recounts stories of revolution, loss, exile, and recovery in the Pinochet aftermath. (To be completed 2017).


Discussant on panel Latin American Documentary Film in the New Millennium. Latin American Studies Association International Conference (LASA). New York City. May 27- 30, 2016.

“Loss and Longing in Spain: The Nostalgic Narrative of Almudena Grandes Memory- Nostalgia-Melancholy: Re-imagining Home in a Time of Mobility. Sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities at Nottingham Trent University. Rovinj, Croatia. Sept 6-7, 2015.

“Modes of Silence and Resistance: Chilean Documentary and Gendered Torture” Cine Lit VIII International Conference on Hispanic Film and Fiction. Portland State University. Feb. 19-21, 2015.

“Childhood Memories of Inner Exile in Spain and Chile: El lector de Julio Verne by Almudena Grandes and Óxido de Carmen by Ana María del Río.” Transatlantic Studies Reader Symposium University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. October 31 to November 2, 2013.

“Memory and Nostalgia in Mi vida con Carlos by Germán Berger-Hertz.” Presenter and panel chair: “Visual Archives: Histories of Resistance in Documentary Film and Photography from the Sixties to the Present.” Latin American Studies Association Conference (LASA). Washington, DC. May 31, 2013.

“Inner Exile and Nostalgia in El lector de Julio Verne (2012) by Almudena Grandes.” Panel: “The Transatlantic Poetics of Exile (internal and external).” American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). University of Toronto- Toronto, Canada. April 4-7, 2013.

“Masculinity, Misogyny and Mass: José Luis Cuerda’s Adaptation of Alberto Méndez’s Los girasoles ciegos” Cine-Lit International Conference on Hispanic Film and Fiction. Portland, OR. Feb. 2011.

“Framing National Silences: José Luis Cuerda’s Filmic Adaptation of Alberto Méndez’s Los girasoles ciegos.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference (NWSA). Denver, CO. Nov. 2010.

COURSES TAUGHT (Keene State College, University of Oregon, Indiana State University):

Revolution, War and After in Spain, Honors Humanities 290

Seminar: Repression and Resistance in Spain and Chile (495)

Intermediate Spanish (201)

Spanish Conversation and Composition (315/ 316)

Contemporary Spanish Novel

Spanish Prose and Poetry

Literary and Cultural Readings in Spanish

Memory, History and Representation in Modern Latin America

Introduction to Narrative

Introduction to 19th-21st Century Spanish Peninsular Literature

Advanced Spanish Oral Skills

Women, Difference and Power (WGS 101)

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