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Irina Dzero

Modern & Classical Languages
Assistant Professor
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I study the figure of the father as a metaphor of predatory leadership in Latin American cinema, fiction and nonfiction. I examine the same topic in Russian literature, film, and social media. Publications On Russian music and literature: “Pussy Riot and Translatability of Cultures.” Transcultural Studies, vol. 13, no. 2 (Fall 2017): 264-286. “A Fly in the Soup: Gibberish in Russia as Aesthetic Resistance.” Soviet and Post-Soviet Review (Spring 2021). On Latin American film and fiction: “La fiesta del chivo, Novel and Film, on the Transition to Democracy in Latin America.” Latin American Research Review, vol. 51, no. 3 (Summer 2016): 85-100. “Larraín’s Film No and Its Inspiration El plebiscito: Chile’s Transition to Democracy as a Simulacrum.” Confluencia, vol. 31, no. 1 (Fall 2015): 120-132. “Sex Worker Rights in Pantaleón y las visitadoras, A Recent Adaptation of an Old Novel.” Hispanic Journal, vol. 37, no. 2 (2016): 31-46. “Clientelism and the Transition to Democracy in Mexico in Film Adaptations.” Peripherica, Spring 2021. “So Many Bolívars: The Liberator as a Good and False Founding Father in Colombia and Venezuela.” (In review) “The Children and the Bad Father: Conceptualizing Governance Through Film in Brazil.” (In review) “The Puccio Case: The Father-Torturer next Door and Other Unrepentant Perpetrators in Argentina.” (In review) “Freedom, Free Market, and Precarious Jobs in Chile in the Film Adaptation of Subterra.” (In review) “Aggressive Masculinities and Rape in Peruvian Film Adaptations” (In review). On French and francophone fiction: “Maryse Condé’s Heremakhonon as a Noir Novel.” Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, vol. 31, no. 1 (2015). “Two Faces of Progress in 19th-century French Novel.” The French Review, vol. 88, no. 2 (2014): 103-120. “Meanings of Hybridity: Rabelaisian Laughter in Aimé Césaire’s Discours sur le colonialism.” The French Review, vol. 85, no. 1 (2011): 102-114. On French Renaissance literature: “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, 169-183. “Four Circles of Love in Marot’s Temple of Cupid.” Romance Notes, vol. 51, no. 3 (2011): 363-370. “Quill Pen in a Funeral Oration: Clément Marot Appropriates the Ancient Genre.” Renaissance and Reformation, vol. 33, no. 2 (2010): 43-61. “Step Up, Step Down: The Path to Perfection in Marguerite de Navarre’s Prisons.” Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance, vol. 71, no. 3 (2009): 457-473. Book manuscripts in progress: Predatory Leadership in Latin American Cinema of the 21st Century.


French, Spanish, cultural linguistics in English, and Russian, political and cultural expectations in film and fiction of Latin America, cultural identity

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Global Understanding Research Initiative