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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: Fall 2017: Tuesday 10:45-12, or by appointment

Role: Faculty

Position: Assistant Professor

Concentration:
  • Latin American Literature & Culture
  • Mexican and Central American Literature and Music

Department: Languages, Literatures and Culture

Biography

Professor Esch is Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at Colorado State University since 2014. She earned her PhD in Latin American Literature and Culture from Tulane University, 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; ecocriticism and animal-human studies; as well as modern-day representations of piracy and marronage. Her main research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century Mexican and Central American literature, music, and photography. Her book on the cultural and political meaning of weaponry in the context of several armed conflicts in Latin America is forthcoming with the University of Pittsburgh Press (2018, Illuminations Series). The book, through an analysis of literary texts, songs, and photos, provides a critical exploration of the links between violence, technology, and modernity in the Mexican Revolution, the Nicaraguan Revolution, postwar Central America, and the drug war in Mexico. Sophie Esch was a Global Teaching Scholar on the Fall 2016 voyage of Semester at Sea. From 2017-2018, she is 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

"¿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)

In the Company of Animals: Otherness, Empathy, and Community in De fronteras by Claudia Hernández”, in: Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. 51.3, forthcoming October 2017.

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.

Courses

FALL 2017 LSPA 554 Bearing Witness: Testimonial Writing in Latin America

SPRING 2018 LSPA 496 Nature and Technology in Latin American Literature and Culture

SPRING 2018 LSPA 449 Contemporary Latin American Literature

SPRING 2018 LSPA 436 Mexican and Central American Cultural Studies