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Dr. Lisa Renee DiGiovanni

Associate Professor
Modern Languages and Cultures/Women's and Gender Studies
Morrison Hall 118 • M/S 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 interdisciplinary research and teaching centers on the politics and culture of memory in the wake of war and dictatorial violence in 20th - 21st century Spain and Latin America, with a focus on Chile. I deal with narrative (novels, short stories, graphic novels) and films (feature and documentary) that render visible the multiple traumas related to state sponsored repression and militaristic culture. I take an intersectional approach, examining how identity positions (gender, class, race, sexuality, age) shape the experience of subjugation and resistance. In my studies of memory and representation, I have also analyzed the topic of nostalgia and view it as an emotional response and a tool for survivors to mitigate the lingering sense of loss in the aftermath of rupture, persecution and displacement.

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 Spanish Culture, eds. Lorraine Ryan and Ana Corbalán, Routledge, 2017, pp. 63-79.

  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, 2017, pp. 177-206.

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

  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 with 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. “Documentary Turns in Latin America: A Review of Latin American Documentary Film in the New Millennium,” María Guadalupe Arenillas and Michael J. Lazzara, eds. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016. Review for A contracorriente: A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America, Vol. 14, Num. 1, Fall 2016, 364-372.

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

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.

Book Translation (in progress): 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. In progress.

TEACHING Keene State College 2013- present Associate Professor of Spanish Affiliated Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies

Spanish Senior Seminar (Span 495) Capstone: Revolution, Repression and Resistance. This transatlantic seminar highlights 20th century social movements in Spain and Latin America. We focus on poetry, film and the graphic novel. Students polish their Spanish speaking and writing skills and gain depth of cultural and historical knowledge.

Spanish Conversation and Composition (Span 315) In this course, students develop writing, speaking and critical thinking skills through the analysis of Spanish and Latin American theater. All written work, classroom discussion and presentations are conducted in Spanish. Additionally, students in this course have performed in the plays La casa de Bernarda Alba (García Lorca) and En la ardiente oscuridad (Buero Vallejo) in the Redfern Arts Center for their peers.

Beginning and Intermediate Spanish (100 and 200 levels) These courses emphasize communicative competence in Spanish and cultural awareness through a focus on grammar and culturally rich content.

WGS Special Topics (WGS 290): Gender and Genocide in Latin America. This course examines power struggles in Latin America and their relation to identities, including gender, class, sexuality, age and nation. Cross-listed in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (HGS).

HGS Independent Study: Repression and Resistance in Spain and the Southern Cone. In this independent study, I teach students to use theoretical essays on trauma, commemorative politics and postmemory to analyze novels, testimonies and films.

Honors Humanities Course: Revolution, War and After in Spain. This course focuses on the major socio-political events that have shaped modern Spain and their representation in literature and film.


Fieldwork Research, University of Granada, Spain, 2016

COPLAC Cuba Program in Havana, Cuba, 2015

Professional Development, Costa Rica, 2015

Archival research, Salamanca, Spain 2014

Fieldwork research, Santiago de Chile, 2008

Fieldwork research, Madrid, Spain, 2007

Comitato Linguistico, Perugia, Italy, 2003

Alliance Française, Toulouse, France, 2002

Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 2001

Instituto Internacional, Madrid, Spain, 2000-2001

Simón Bolívar Instituto de Español, Quito, Ecuador, 1999

Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri, Florence, Italy, 1996

Instituto de Español, Antigua, Guatemala, 1996


Thinking Critically About Masculinities in Mass Atrocity Crimes. Invited participant in international symposium. Campion Hall, Oxford University. October 15-18, 2016

Latin American Documentary Film in the New Millennium. Panel discussant at the Latin American Studies Association Annual International Conference (LASA). New York City. May 27- 30, 2016.

“Loss and Longing in Spain: The Nostalgic Narrative of Almudena Grandes,” paper presented at the symposium 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. 7, 2015.

“Modes of Silence and Resistance: Chilean Documentary and Gendered Torture,” paper presented at the 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,” paper presented at the Transatlantic Studies Reader Symposium at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2013.

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

“Inner Exile and Nostalgia in El lector de Julio Verne (2012) by Almudena Grandes,” paper presented on panel: “The Transatlantic Poetics of Exile (internal and external)” at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference. University of Toronto, Canada. Apr. 2013.

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

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

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