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Irina Dzero

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Yale University (French)

MA Kent State University (Spanish)

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


  • Two Faces of Progress in 19th-century French Novel, The French Review, 2014
  • Exile or Escape? Frame Narratives in Boccaccio’s Decameron and Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptameron, Topodynamics of Arrival: Essays on Self and Pilgrimage, Rodopi, 2012.
  • Meanings of Hybridity: Rabelaisian Laughter in Aimé Césaire’s Discours sur le colonialisme, The French Review, 2011
  • Four Circles of Love in Marot’s Temple of Cupid, Romance Notes, 2011
  • Quill Pen in a Funeral Oration: Clément Marot Appropriates the Ancient Genre, Renaissance and Reformation, 2011
  • Step Forward, Step Upward: The Path to Perfection in Marguerite de Navarre’s Prisons, Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance, 2009.

In review

  • Maryse Condé’s Heremakhonon as a Noir Novel
  • The Subaltern in Noir Novels by Mario Vargas Llosa and Santiago Roncagliolo
  • Simulacrum in  Larraín’s No (2012) and Its Inspiration, Skármeta’s El plebiscito
  • Prostitution or Sex Work? Conflicting Depictions of the Sex Trade in Pantaleón y las visitadoras, 1973 Novel and 1999 Film,

In progress

  • Dictator as a simulacrum in Spanish American dictator novels by Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel García Márquez, Miguel Angel Asturias, Julia Alvarez.


  • Completed: Person or Sinner? The Individual in French Renaissance Spiritual Poetry, submitted to Ashgate Press. Reviewer recommended publication. I am performing the requested changes. 
  • Current project: Adapting to Disagree: Latin American Filmmakers Reworking the Literary Source


Research Areas
  • Contemporary francophone literature
  • Contemporary Spanish American literature and film
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies

Office Hours for Spring 2014:

  • Monday and Wednesday, 1:45-3:15, KIVA open area along the windows above The Hub cafeteria.
  • and by appointment, Satterfield Hall 309A. I usually respond to emails quickly. Don't hesitate to contact me.
Phone: 330-672-2150