Angela M. Becerra Vidergar
Angela M. Becerra Vidergar
Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative LiteratureFocal Groups:
Angela Mercedes Becerra Vidergar was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, then moved with her family to North Texas at the age of six. She received her B.A. in French and Journalism from Baylor University in Waco, TX, after which she worked as a television news producer. She then earnedan M.A. in English Literature and Language from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. Angela has studied French language and culture at Le Campus Adventistedu Saleve in Collonges-sous-Saleve, France and at L'Université de Caenin Normandy, as well as taken part in an intensive course in the literature and life of Jorge Luis Borges at the Fundación Internacional Jorge Luis Borges in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her interests center on 20th century and contemporary U.S. and Latin American Literature, most notably in the arena of changing cultural perceptions of temporality, hybridity, memory, storytelling as history formation, and issues of postcolonialism. Her M.A. thesis explores the social and personal effects of economic colonization as portrayed by Gabriel García Márquez, Rosario Ferré and Cristina García. Angela's current interests also include translation, literature of the fantastic and graphic narratives. She is the co-founder of The Graphic Narrative Project, a collaborative workshop funded by the Stanford Humanities Center. In addition to her professional passions, Angela is also the mother of a one-year son.
"Paradise for Sale...Sold! The Effects of Economic Colonization as Portrayed in the Literature of Gabriel García Márquez, Rosario Ferré and Cristina García."
Spring 2012: Instructor, COMPLIT 128: Survivors: Stories of Staying Alive
Spring 2011: Teaching Assistant, COMPLIT 150: Terror and Apocalypse. Prof. Russell Berman
Fall 2010: Teaching Assistant, COMPLIT 121: Poems, Poetry, Worlds. Prof. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Summer and Fall 2010: Tutor, Language and Orientation Tutoring Program
Winter 2010: Teaching Assistant, COMPLIT 142: Literature of the Americas. Profs. Ramon Saldivar and Roland Greene
Winter and Spring 2009: Instructor, Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR 1-20): "When Comics Get Serious: The Rhetoric of Graphic Narratives"
St. Mary’s University
Teaching Assistant / Substitute for:
- International Literary Types I: Short Story and Essay
- International Literary Types II: Poetry and Drama
- Drama Analysis
- Fiction Analysis
- Hero and Anti-Hero in Southern Fiction
- American Romanticism: Origin and Development
- Rhetoric and Composition
- Poetry Writing Workshop
- New Technologies in Communication
- Anniversary event: “Walt Whitman’s Celebrations: 150 Years of Leaves of Grass.”
Ongoing Projects and Affiliations:
2008-present: Co-founder and Graduate Coordinator, The Graphic Narrative Project
- A Theodore and Frances Geballe Research Workshop at the Stanford Humanities Center, 2010-11: http://shc.stanford.edu/workshop/graphic-narrative
2009-10: Trans-American Studies Workshop, Stanford Humanities Center
2009-10: Working Group on Cultural Synchronization and Disjuncture, Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages Research Unit.
Summer 2009: School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University. Seminar: "Voice, Representation, Ideology" taught by Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg and Michael Steinberg.
Other Academic Activities:
2010-11: Graduate Assistant, Humanities Education Focal Group - Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
2009-10: Research Assistant to Prof. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
2009-10: Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Academic Council of the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
Coordinator, “Moving Pictures: TransAmerican Latina/o Comics.” Second Annual Symposium of The Graphic Narrative Project. November 3-4, 2011. Stanford Univ.
Coordinator, “The World in Frames: Comics Journalist Joe Sacco.” First Annual Symposium of The Graphic Narrative Project. May 5-6, 2011. Stanford Univ.
Coordinator, Stanford Comparative Literature 3rd Annual Graduate Conference, April 2009. "Avatars: Personae, Heteronyms, Pseudonyms." Stanford Univ.
Planning Committee, Stanford Comparative Literature 2nd Annual Graduate Conference, April 2008. "Corruption." Stanford Univ.
Associate Coordinator, Las Americas Letters Series in Literature and the Arts. Inaugural Conference, 2007. St. Mary's Univ.
Assistant Coordinator, Latina Letters 2005 Conference. St. Mary's Univ.
American Comparative Literature Association Conference 2009. Boston, MA.
- "The DIY Handbook to Apocalypse, Or How Alternative Fiction Gave Birth to a Steam-Powered Subculture"
Hermes Consortium for Literary and Cultural Studies, 2008 International Symposium and Doctoral Seminar. University College London. "Comparative Literature: Models for Interdisciplinarity in the Humanities?"
- "The Hybrid Unheimlich: Uncanny Encounters with Octavio Paz and Gilberto Freyre"
American Comparative Literature Association Conference 2008. Long Beach, CA.
- "Facing the Monster in Modern Catalan Literature: Encounters With the Fantastic in Joan Perucho’s Les històries naturals"
South Central Modern Language Association Conference 2006. Dallas, TX.
- “Imigración e hibridez en las obras de Cristina Garcia y Ana Menéndez.” Presented during the session of the Asociación de Literatura Femenina Hispánica.
St. Mary’s University Graduate Symposium. San Antonio, TX
- “Dreaming the Homeland: Displacement and Hybridity in the Novels of Cristina Garcia and Ana Menéndez.”
- Graduate student panelist on “Current Trends in Graduate Research.”
- “Inverting Alice: The Female Reaction to a Culture of Opposites.” Here the focus is on a postcolonial analysis of Victorian education as portrayed in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
Women’s Global Connection International Conference 2006. San Antonio, TX
- “Inverting Alice: the Female Reaction to a Culture of Opposites.” Here the focus is on what Lewis Carroll’s Alice books can teach about current global consciousness and attitudes toward unfamiliar cultures.
Latina Letters Conference2005: “Ten Years of LatinaLetters.” San Antonio, TX.
- “Angels of Light on the Wings of Uncertainty: A Study of Spiritual Symbolism in De Los Amores Negados by Ángela Becerra” (note: author of work studied no relation to author of paper).
Publications and Translations:
“Uncanny Encounters: Face to Face with ‘Failed’ Assimilation.” Provocation and Negotiation: Essays in Comparative Criticism. Rodopi, forthcoming.
Translator (in progress). El Eternauta. Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano López.
Co-author. "From Faceless Crowds to Crowds of Faces: 'You' in the World of the Future, Today." Creative Magazine 1/n. Issue 2: Survival Kit (2010 Spring): 106-116.
Spanish/English introduction,translation editor. Memorial del viento: Wind Memorial. By Pablo López del Castillo. Poetry. San Antonio, TX:Orchard Press, 2005.
“All This Clutter.”Poem. Pecan Grove Review. Vol. X. Spring 2007.
“Inverting Alice: The Female Reaction to a Culture of Opposites.” Proceedings of the Women’s Global Connection Conference 2006. <http://www.womensglobalconnection.org>
Columnist and interviewer, “Beyond the Book,” News 4 WOAI San Antonio – woai.com. Bookreviewer, executive producer and on-camera talent for more than 20 columns,many of which include author interviews and mini-documentary features on worksof poetry, fiction, non-fiction and theater, among them poet Naomi Shihab Nyeand history writer Paul Schneider.
Ph.D. Candidate Stanford University; Stanford, CA (Fall 2007-present)
Focal Group: Humanities Education
Master of Arts: St. Mary’s University; San Antonio, TX (May 2007)
English Literature and Language
Thesis: “Paradise for Sale...Sold! The Effects of Economic Colonization as Portrayed in the Literature of Gabriel García Márquez, Rosario Ferré and Cristina García.”
Bachelor of Arts: Baylor University; Waco, TX (May 2003)
Majors: Journalism, French
Additional Studies: Summer 2009:
School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University.
Seminar: "Voice, Representation, Ideology" taught by Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg and Michael Steinberg.
Fundación Internacional Jorge Luis Borges; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Intensive Course in the Literature of Jorge Luis Borges, Advanced Spanish Language Course
Spring 2002 :
Université de Caen; Caen, Normandy, France
Advanced French Language, Literature, History and Culture
Summer 1998 :
Le Campus Adventiste du Salève; Collonges-sous-Salève, Cedex, France
French Language and Culture