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Maria Ospina

Assistant Professor of Spanish

300 High Street, 209

Assistant Professor, Latin American Studies


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 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 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.



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

Azares del cuerpo, (Santiago de Chile: Edícola Ediciones, 2019). Short story collection. 

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


"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, Editorial Laguna Libros, Bogotá (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

Thursdays 9:00 am to 10:00 am and Monday/Wednesday by appointment 


Fall 2019
SPAN 221 - 03
Introduction to Hispanic Lits.

SPAN 278 - 01
Fictions of the LatAm Jungle