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literature of the Americas
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Angela M. Becerra Vidergar

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature

2012-13 Whiting Fellow

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 identity in terms of 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.

Angela 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, Ideograph. She is also host and executive producer of The Human Angle, a podcast on humanities research as it relates to contemporary issues and our everyday lives.

Ph.D. Dissertation:

"Fictions of Destruction: Post-1945 Narrative and Disaster in the Collective Imaginary"

Master's Thesis:

"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: Writer, Humanities Outreach Project at Stanford

Fall 2014-present: Host, executive producer, The Human Angle

2013-present: Editor-in-Chief, Ideograph, an upcoming digital, open access, peer-reviewed journal of graphic narrative studies.

2008-2013: Co-founder and Graduate Coordinator, The Graphic Narrative Project

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