Wesleyan portrait of Maria  Ospina

Maria Ospina

Associate Professor of Spanish

300 High Street, 209
860-685-3105

Associate Professor, Latin American Studies

mospina@wesleyan.edu

BA Brown University
MA Harvard University
PHD Harvard University

Maria Ospina

I'm a teacher and scholar of contemporary Latin American culture, and a fiction writer. My academic 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 book, El rompecabezas de la memoria. Literatura, cine y testimonio de comienzos del siglo en Colombia (Iberoamericana, 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 Amazonia and other so called "natural frontiers") in literature, film and popular culture, focusing, in particular, on how film and visual culture complicate 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 and in Italian by Edicola. Other works of ficiton are forthcoming in several anthologies in the next two years. I am currently working on a novel.

PUBLICATIONS

Forthcoming: 

Azares del cuerpo, (Santiago de Chile: Edícola Ediciones) Fall 2019

Gli azzardi del corpo, Translated by Amaranta Sbardella, (Italy: Edicola) Spring 2020

"Il dialogo delle cagne," Translated by Alberto Bile, Forthcoming in the anthology of fiction Ciudades. Racconti del mondo ispanico (Napoli: Alessandro Polidoro Editori) Fall 2019

Azares del cuerpo, Translated to English by Heather Cleary, (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press) Spring 2021

Published:

"Dosis impar," in the anthology Cuerpos. Veinte formas de habitar el mundo (Bogotá: Seix Barral, 2019). Short story

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

Azares del cuerpo, (Bogotá: Laguna Libros, 2017). Short story collection.

"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. 

Cartas de la persistencia, Colección Libro al Viento, (Bogotá: Secretaría Distrital de Cultura, 2008). Compiled anthology of letters (diverse authors). 

 

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Wednesdays, 11-12:15 ; Fridays 11-12

Courses

Spring 2020
SPAN 227 - 01
Writing Fiction in Spanish

SPAN 270 - 01
Survey of Latin American Lits