Irina Dzero | Department of Modern & Classical Language Studies | Kent State University

Irina Dzero

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I study conflicting attitudes to the recent democratic transition in Chile, Mexico, and Peru, in cinematic adaptations of recent and classic fiction. I am also working on violence against women in Latin America, and how filmmakers and writers make this emotionally demanding issue visible for the general public though irony and suspense. Lastly, I am interested in the punk feminist Pussy Riot and the politics of post-Soviet Russia.


on cultural translation
  • Pussy Riot: Translating Putin's Russia for Westerners, Feminism for Russians, and Punk for the Readers of Glamour (in progress)
on Hispanic film and fiction
  • La fiesta del chivo, Novel and Film, on the Transition to Democracy in Latin America, Latin American Research Review, 2015
  • Larraín’s Film No and Its Inspiration El plebiscito: Chile’s Transition to Democracy as a Simulacrum, Confluencia, 2015
  • Pantaleón y las visitadoras, Novel and Film, on Sex Worker Rights (in review)
  • Two Mexican Films, Arráncame la vida and El coronel no tiene quien le escriba on the 2000 Mexican Transition to Democracy (in progress)
on francophone fiction
  • Maryse Condé's Heremakhonon as a Noir Novel. Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, Spring 2015
  • Two Faces of Progress in 19th-century French Novel, The French Review, 2014
  • Meanings of Hybridity: Rabelaisian Laughter in Aimé Césaire’s Discours sur le colonialisme, The French Review, 2011
on Renaissance poetry
  • 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
  • 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

Book project:

The Democratic Transition in Latin America in Film and Fiction

Job Title

Assistant Professor