anthropology and literature

Fatoumata Seck

portrait: Fatoumata Seck
Contact: 

fseck@stanford.edu

Office Hours: 
by appointment
Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature
Language(s): 
French
Language(s): 
Portuguese
Language(s): 
Spanish

Todd Mack

portrait: Isaac Bleaman
Contact: 

toddmack@stanford.edu

Office Hours: 
By Appointment
Curriculum Vitae: 
 
Bio: 

Todd began his career with a BA in Spanish from Brigham Young University (Magna Cum Laude 2005) and immediately followed with an MA in Spanish Peninsular Literature (2007), also from BYU. The title of his Master's thesis is The Postmodern Spanish Hero’s Journey: Compassion and Postmodernism in Contemporary Spain. His dissertation, entitled Open Wounds: Reading Contemporary Novels of War, Repression, and Memory in Four Rural Spanish Communities, focuses on the the intersection of memory, literature, and place through a study of the reception of several contemporary novels of memory in the communities they describe. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his three children and his wife, Betty. He is also an avid runner. 

Teaching Experience: 
 
Todd taught first and second year Spanish courses (two classes per semester) at Brigham Young University from 2005-2007. In 2008 he taught both first and second year Spanish courses at Stanford University and in 2009-10 he taught Catalan language and culture at Stanford University. In Winter 2011 designed and taught a class entitled Film Noir and the Contemporary Iberian Novel, also at Stanford.
 
 
 
Education: 

2007- : Stanford University. PhD student in Iberian Literatures and Cultures. Dissertation: Open Wounds: Reading Contemporary Novels of War, Repression, and Memory in Four Rural Spanish Communities. Adviser: Joan Ramon Resina. Degree expected: June, 2012.

2007: Brigham Young University. MA in Spanish. Thesis: The Postmodern Spanish Hero’s Journey: Compassion and Postmodernism in Contemporary Spain. Adviser: Gregory Stallings.

2005: Brigham Young University. BA in Spanish. Magna cum laude.

Language(s): 
Catalan
Language(s): 
Portuguese
Language(s): 
Spanish

Marília Librandi-Rocha

portrait: Marília Librandi-Rocha
Contact: 

Pigott Hall 218
650 725 9850
mariliar@stanford.edu

Office Hours: 
On sabbatical, AY 2013-14
Focal Group(s): 
Performance
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature

Marília Librandi-Rocha teaches Brazilian and Latin American Literature and Cultures at Stanford.  

Her first book, Maranhão-Manhattan. Ensaios de Literatura Brasileira (2009) examines the defense of fiction in the works of Sousândrade, Murilo Mendes, Paulo Leminski, and João Guimarães Rosa, in contrast to historical narratives and in dialogue with literary critics, philosophers and anthropologists.

She is currently working in her next book-length project, Writing by Ear. Brazilian Modern Fiction and the Poetics of Listening: Machado de Assis, Ramos, Rosa and Lispector. Going beyond the oral/writing divide, the book re-describes fictional texts in relation to the sense of hearing, and point to the dominant issue of listening in Modern Brazilian prose as a contribution to the theory of the novel and the actual debates on cultural studies, cosmopolitanism and World/Planetary literature.

Her other project-in-progress, Margins of Literature, concerns the relationship between literature and ethnography, from Tristes Tropiques to the Guarani Kaiowá letter, and the actual poetics of co-translation in South America, given continuity to the relationship between literary theory and Amerindian perspectivism addressed in her first book, and to the issue of listening in writings and its relation to land and human rights.

Librandi-Rocha edited and introduced the book Poemas-Vida(2008), and co-edited three recent special issues - “Literatura e Juizo de Valor”(2011), “Literatura e Viagem” (2010), and “História do Livro e da Leitura” (2009) -  of Floema, a journal of Literary Theory and History edited in Brazil.

Her recent articles have appeared in Culture, Theory & Critique, Critical Studies in Improvisation, EllipsisMantis, and are forthcoming in Luso-Brazilian Review, Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea, and Letteratura D’América. A dossier on “Theories of the Contemporary in South America,” co-edited with Héctor Hoyos, is forthcoming at Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.

She serves as book review editor of ellipsis, journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association(Apsa).

For a selection of writings, please click on the following link: http://stanford.academia.edu/Mar%C3%ADliaLibrandiRocha

Education: 

2003: PhD, Universidade de São Paulo, Literary Theory and Comparative Literature

Language(s): 
Portuguese
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