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Sophie Esch

Contact Information

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Email: sophie.esch@colostate.edu

Website: http://colostate.academia.edu/SophieEsch

Office: Clark C118

Office Hours: Spring 2017: Monday 2-3pm, Friday 10-11

Role: Faculty

Position: Assistant Professor

Concentration:
  • Latin American Cultural Studies
  • Mexican and Central American Literature and Music

Department: Languages, Literatures and Culture

Biography

Professor Esch earned her PhD in Latin American Literature and Culture from Tulane University in New Orleans, and her MA in Latin American Literature, Political Science and North American Studies from the Free University of Berlin. Her research areas include violence, technology, gender, narratives of progress and modernity, subaltern and intellectual discourses, border studies as well as ecocriticism and animal-human studies. Her research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century Mexican and Central American literature and popular culture, including music such as nueva canción and corridos. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the cultural and political uses of weaponry in the context of several armed conflicts in Latin America: the Mexican and Nicaraguan Revolutions, postwar Central America and the drug war in Mexico. The book, through an analysis of literary texts, songs and photos, provides a critical exploration of the links between violence, modernity, affect and conceptions of the political. Sophie Esch was a Global Teaching Scholar on the Fall 2016 voyage of Semester at Sea. In 2017-2018, she will be a Global Environmental Sustainability Resident Fellow to work on her research on the link between drug and wildlife trafficking in Latin American literature.

Education

PhD, Tulane University

Publications

In the Company of Animals: Otherness, Empathy, and Community in De fronteras by Claudia Hernández” (forthcoming)

"¿El arma en la sociedad? La novela del desmovilizado, militarismo e introspección en la obra de Castellanos Moya” in: Perkowska, Magdalena and Zavala, Oswaldo Tiranas ficciones. Poéticas y políticas de la escritura en la obra de Horacio Castellanos Moya. (forthcoming)

La novela del desmovilizado: Un nuevo subgénero en la ficción centroamericana contemporánea” in: AFEHC (Asociación para el Fomento de los Estudios Históricos en Centroamérica), June 2016, no. 69.

"In the Crossfire: Rascón Banda's Contrabando and the 'Narcoliterature' Debate in Mexico." Latin American Perspectives 41.2 (2014): 161-176.

Encuentros y desencuentros culturales en el ‘estrecho dudoso’. La constitución del espacio río San Juan por viajeros y escritores/as de las Américas.” América. Cahiers du CRICCAL, Transamériques: les échanges culturels continentaux 39 (2010): 157–163.

"Travelers and Littérateurs at the Banks of the San Juan River: Intertextual Fluxion and the Desire for Universality (in Texts by Ephraim G. Squier, Mark Twain, José Coronel Urtecho and Gioconda Belli).” Ciberletras 21 (2009).

¿El río San Juan como ‘mausoleo de modernidades’ de Nicaragua? La negociación literaria del significado de modernidad a las orillas del río.” L’Ordinaire Latino-américain 211 (2008): 145–164.

Curriculum Vitae

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Courses

LSPA 436 Advanced Latin American Culture

LSPA 454 The Mexican Revolution in Literature, Film and Music