College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Modern Languages > Faculty > Spanish > Rocío Ferreira
Rocío Ferreira is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Modern Languages. She is a Latinoamericanist with a designated emphasis on women, gender and sexuality. Her main areas of teaching and research include nineteenth and twentieth century Spanish-American, Brazilian, and Andean literature, feminist theory and women's studies. She specializes and publishes in nineteenth century literature with a particular focus on gender and writing, and the formation of national literary culture in Latin America.
Her current book project, Yuyanapaq/Para Recordar/To Remember: Memory, Displacement, and Political Violence in Contemporary Peruvian Culture is an interdisciplinary book-length research project which addresses the fundamental question of recent cultural responses (performances, literature, films and visual arts) to the Peruvian “dirty war” history (1980-2000) that resist amnesia. Her goal is to shed light on the diverse ways in which culture has resisted silencing, oblivion and indifference, and has constructed alternative approaches to the understanding of traumatic reality through innovative reflections on the transmission of social memory. In this context, her project strengthens the relevance of the humanities to the understanding of recent Andean and Amazonian history and culture.
Dr. Ferreira’s scholarly work concentrates on Latin American literature, film, cultures and visual arts. Her main areas of teaching and research focus on nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century Andean and Brazilian culture and literature; on gender studies; and on the formation of national literary culture in Latin America. She has presented her work widely in national and international conferences, and she is the author of numerous essays which have been published in specialized journals.