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Edith Leni

Ph.D. in Spanish

Edith is a native of Santiago, Chile. She holds a M.A. in Spanish Literature from San Jose State University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.  Her doctoral dissertation, Autobiographical Narratives of Concentration Camps:  A Transatlantic Approach to Concentrationary Policies and Trajectories, examines literary relationships among narratives from the Holocaust, the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Chile’s political repression that followed the coup d’état of 1973. Her study opens new comparative spaces for the European concentrationary research and at the same time breaks ground within Chilean scholarly studies on the political violence of its recent past.  Her cross-disciplinary discussions involves social and individual trauma, historiography and legacy of the Holocaust in Europe and its representation in Latin America, Post-Memory studies, testimonial literature and gender representation within concentrationary narratives. Her investigation pays particular attention to the autobiographical corpus that emerged from concentration camps experienced in Chile during its military dictatorship (1973-1989).

She is also interested in the indigenous languages and cultural memory of the people of the Andean region of South America.  In 2012 she was awarded a fellowship to study Quechua in Cusco, Peru. She now continues studying Quechua on her own.

 Awards:

* Graduate Research Opportunity Award (2012)

* U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship  (Cuzco, Peru 2012)

* Stanford University Europe Center Fellowship (2011-2012)

    Publications:

    Apátridas republicanos en campos de concentración nazis,  
Bulletin of Spanish Studies 
Vol. 89, Iss. 7-8, 2012