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Latino studies faculty spotlight: Juliet Lynd

Juliet Lynd

Juliet Lynd

Associate Professor Juliet Lynd, of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, joined Illinois State’s faculty in 2008. She teaches courses on Latin American literature and culture and is an affiliated faculty of Latin America and Latino/a studies program.

Her research interests are contemporary Latin American literature and culture; literary and cultural studies; politics of literature and culture in Chile since the 1960s; and intersections between theories of literature, culture, politics, and performance. She also specializes in issues of dictatorship and post-dictatorship culture in the literary and visual arts of South America, and she has published on gender issues in Latin American avant-garde and popular film. She has taught at Carleton College and St. Olaf College, as well as in Mexico, where she was the recipient of an award for course development excellence. Her dissertation was nominated for a best dissertation award.

Lynd shared her recent research work on poet-artist Cecilia Vicuña and the story of her revolutionary work that was almost lost amid the violence in 1973 during the 2013 the Latin American and Latino Studies’ Latino Heritage Month Conversando Entre Nosotros (Brown Bag Series). Lynd also discussed the symbolic importance of September 11 in Chile, the anniversary of the military coup that initiated the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Her other writings and publications include the following:

“The Politics of Performance and the Performance of Narrative in Roberto Bolaño’s Estrella Distante.” Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana. May 2011. 170–188.

“Reflections on a Conversation With Ana María Jiménez, Wife of Ángel Escobar.” Part of a dossier on Ángel Escobar (along with translations of his poetry done by Kristin Dykstra and an essay by critic Efraín Rodríguez, also translated by Dykstra). Sirena: poesía, arte y crítica. 2010:2. 126–136.

“‘Hondo es el pozo del tiempo’: Memory and Violence in Raúl Zurita’s Las ciudades de agua (2007).” Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas/Nueva escritura de las Américas 13 (2010): 405–420.