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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


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