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Angela M. Becerra Vidergar
Angela M. Becerra Vidergar
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature
2012-13 Whiting FellowFocal Groups:
abecegar AT alumni.stanford.edu
Angela Mercedes Becerra Vidergar received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University in June 2013. She 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 earned an M.A. in English Literature and Language from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. Angela is a 2009 alumna of the School of Criticism and Theory, has studied French language and culture at Le Campus Adventistedu Saleve in Collonges-sous-Saleve, France and at L'Université de Caen in Normandy, as well as taken part in an immersive course at the Fundación Internacional Jorge Luis Borges in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Angela received a 2012-13 Whiting Fellowship.
Angela's intellectual interests center on 20th century and contemporary U.S. and Latin American Literature, most notably in the arena of disaster narratives and survivalism; geneology of the present and cultural history; critical theory and philosophies of the imaginary, time and temporality, storytelling as history formation and issues of postcolonialism such as hybridity and diaspora. Her dissertation, entitled Fictions of Destruction: Post-1945 Narrative and Disaster in the Collective Imaginary, describes the emergence of a shared imaginary of mass-scale disaster and risk particular after the mid-20th century and its appearance in post-1945 disaster fiction and cultural production. 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 interests also include technology, society and the human, graphic narratives, literature of the fantastic, science fiction and translation. She is the co-founder of The Graphic Narrative Project, a collaborative workshop funded by the Stanford Humanities Center, and Editor-in-Chief of its upcoming digital journal, Emanata.
Fictions of Destruction: Post-1945 Narrative and Disaster in the Collective Imaginary
"Paradise for Sale...Sold! The Effects of Economic Colonization as Portrayed in the Literature of Gabriel García Márquez, Rosario Ferré and Cristina García."
Ongoing Projects and Affiliations:
2013-present: Editor-in-Chief, Emanata, an upcoming digital, open access, peer-reviewed journal of graphic narrative studies.
2008-2013: 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
Ph.D. Stanford University; Stanford, CA (June 2013)
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
Associate Coordinator, "From Sunshine State to Fog City: Asian American Comics in California." Third Annual Symposium of The Graphic Narrative Project. November 1-2, 2012. Stanford Univ.
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.
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Ursula K. Heise
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