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Cynthia Casas


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Latin-American/Mexican literary and culturalproduction
Pre-Hispanic myth
transatlantic French influences in modern Latin-Americancultural production (the Vanguard period)
indigenista narratives

Cynthia Casas

University of New Mexico

M.A. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies with an emphasis in French and Latin American literatures/ Ph.D. concentrations in nineteenth and twentieth-century Latin-American literature, Sociolinguistics, and Early Modern Spanish literature.

Areas of research: modern Latin-American/Mexican cultural production, Latin-American indigenista narratives, Latin-American/Mexican women writers,Gender and discourses of alterity, Transatlantic French influences in modern Latin-American cultural production, the Latin-American Vanguard, Pre-Columbian myth, magical -religious thought, and culture in Latin-American/Mexican literature, Monstrosity and alienation in Latin-American literature, Anthropology and ethnography in literature, Cultural Studies and Critical Theory, Heritage Spanish instruction and program development  


Teaching Experience: 
I have taught 8 years of foreign language (Spanish and French).  I have also served as coordinator and instructor for the Spanish as a Heritage Language (SHBS) program at Stanford, and have taught English as a foreign language in Paris and Marseille, France. I have also taught English/Writing for university and community outreach programs such as Upward Bound, Diversity Programs at the University of New Mexico, and Stanford College Prep.
Professional Activities: 
member of Latin-American Studies Association, Modern Languages Association, and Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association