Wesleyan portrait of Maria  Ospina

Maria Ospina

Assistant Professor of Spanish

300 High Street, 209
860-685-3105

Assistant Professor, Latin American Studies

mospina@wesleyan.edu

BA Brown University
MA Harvard University
PHD Harvard University

Maria Ospina

My work examines the central role that cultural artifacts of the last three decades play in the context of public discussions about the legacies of violence and in collective processes of making sense of contemporary crises in Colombia and Latin America. My forthcoming book, El rompecabezas de la memoria. Literatura, cine y testimonio de comienzos del siglo en Colombia (Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2019), studies how novels, films and testimonial practices contribute to public understandings of history and to critical ethical reflections about violence and survival that exceed those emerging from conventional political debate and from judicial discourses and practices. I also study the construction of contemporary topographies of jungles and rural space in literature, film and popular culture, focusing, in particular, on how contemporary film of the region is reflecting about the legacies of war and violence by complicating mainstream representations of rural spaces produced by the development and military apparatus which circulate widely in contemporary mediascapes today. As a fiction writer, I have published a collection of short stories (Azares del cuerpo, Laguna Libros, 2017), which was longlisted for the Premio Hispanoamericano de Cuento Gabriel García Márquez in 2018, the most prestigious prize in its category in the world of Hispanic letters. This collection is forthcoming in English by Coffee House Press. I am currently working on a novel.

Publications

"Dosis impar" (short story), Forthcoming in the anthology Cuerpos (Bogotá: Seix Barral, March 2019)

El rompecabezas de la memoria. Literatura, cine y testimonio de comienzos del siglo en Colombia (Forthcoming Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2019) 

Azares del cuerpo, Editorial Laguna Libros, Bogotá (2017). Fiction. 

"Natural Plots: The Rural Turn in Contemporary Colombian Cinema." In Territories of Conflict: Traversing Cultural Studies in Colombia. Eds. Alejandro Herrera-Olaizola, Andrea Fanta and Chloe Rutter-Jensen. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2017. 

"Los embelecos de la gramática: Lengua, literatura y herejías gramaticales en la obra de Fernando Vallejo." Cuadernos de Literatura 37 (Enero-junio 2015). 

"Naturalezas de guerra: Topografías violentas de selva en la narrativa colombiana contemporánea." Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Vol. 40, No. 79, 243-264 (2014).

"Trazados peligrosos: Topografías contemporáneas de selva en relatos colombianos de cautiverio." In Geografías imaginarias: Espacios de resistencia y crisis en América Latina. Ed. Marta Sierra. Santiago de Chile: Cuarto Propio, 2013. 

"‘El Colombian Dream’ y los sueños de un nuevo cine colombiano." Revista de Estudios Colombianos, Edición especial de cine colombiano, 33-34 (2009). (Article)

Cartas de la persistencia, Colección Libro al Viento, Secretaría Distrital de Cultura: Bogotá, 2008.

"Las cartas sobre le mesa: la escritura epistolar y su público," Guide to exhibit at Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Banco de la República, Bogotá, April 2008.

 

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Fridays 11:00 - 12:00 pm 

Courses

Fall 2018
SPAN 221 - 02
Introduction to Hispanic Lits.

SPAN 282 - 01
Narratives of Crisis

Spring 2019
SPAN 227 - 01
Writing Fiction in Spanish

SPAN 280 - 01
Screening Youth in LA Cinema