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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Gisela Heffes
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Spanish
 
e-mail:gisela.heffes@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D Latin American Literatures and Cultures (2007) Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
 
Primary Department
   Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies
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Research Areas
 Latin American literature, film and culture. Theories of space and urban imaginaries. Utopian studies and thought; fictional utopias. Ecocriticism, ecoutopias, ecofeminism; environmental studies and discourses on nature. Jewish literature and culture.
 
Teaching Areas
 Literature and the Environment in Latin America;
Literatures from the Southern Cone; Spanish Creative Writing; Urban narratives; Utopias; Latin American films.
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

“Crisis, imaginación y estética: espacio urbano y la resignificación de los desechos en Buenos Aires,” Revista Estudios Vol. 19, No. 38, (Septiembre-Diciembre) 2011: 29-51.

 
 

“Escrituras (dis)locadas, o hacia una poética de los dislocamientos,” Hostos Review No. 11 (2014): 99-106.

 
 

 “La ciudad latinoamericana contemporánea como basurero: cartoneros, reciclaje y la resignificación de los desechos,” Revista Estudios 38, Segundo Semestre (2013), 29-51.

 
 

“Muerte y transfiguración de la ciudad: territorios urbanos, cuerpos y marginalidad,” Cuadernos de Literatura Vol. 15, No. 32, Bogotá, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, (Julio-Diciembre) 2012, 125-152.

 
 

“Martín Fierro ante la ley: el problema del cuerpo, la voz y sus usos específicos,” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 74 (December 2011): 9-24.

 
 

 “Escritura, violencia y niñez: el caso de ‘El niño proletario,’” BocadeSapo 9, Año XII (March 2011): [http://www.bocadesapo.com.ar/].

 
 

 “La ciudad latinoamericana contemporánea revisitada,” BocadeSapo 5, Año XI (January 2010): [http://www.bocadesapo.com.ar/].

 
 Articles
 

“A World of Solitude / Un mundo de soledad,” in Literal 35 (Winter 2014): online.

 
 

“Greening Antonio Berni: estética y política del reciclaje,” in Literal 35 (Winter 2014): 14-18.

 
 

“The Way I See It: García Márquez one of the most engaging, beautiful writers of the 20th century,” Rice University News & Media, April 21, 2014.

 
 

“2012: Para una poética de los (dis)locamientos”, in Literal 27 (Winter 2011-2012): 28-9.

 
 

“Reimagining Contemporary Latin American Cities,” in World Literature Today, Volume 83, Number 2 (March-April 2009): 42-45.

 
 

“Transterritorialidad,” in Literal 21 (Summer 2010): 49.

 
 

“David Viñas, In Memoriam,” in Literal 25 (Summer 2011): 38-9.

 
 Books
 

Políticas de la destrucción/Poéticas de la conservación.  Apuntes para una lectura (eco)crítica del medio ambiente en América Latina. Rosario: Beatriz Viterbo, 2013.

 
 Editor of books
 

Special issue of Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana on Ecocrítica, guest editor and authored introduction.  Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana No. 79 (2014).

 
 

Utopías urbanas: geopolíticas del deseo en América Latina (edited volume).  Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert Verlag, 2013.

 
 

Poéticas de los (dis)locamientos (edited volume).  Houston: Literal, 2012.

 
 Book chapters
 

“Del suburbio a la villa miseria: una lectura de los itinerarios (e imaginarios) urbanos a partir de Borges,” in Borges - Buenos Aires: configuraciones de la ciudad del siglo XIX al XXI. Roland Spiller (ed.). Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert Verlag, 2014: 175-193.

 
 

“Naturaleza apropiada: imaginario ecológico y utopía en las urbanizaciones privadas del siglo XXI,” forthcoming in Actas del Congreso de la Asociación Alemana de Hispanistas (Heidelberg, 2015), eds. Elmar Schmidt and Monika Wehrheim.

 

 
 

“Egotopía invertebrada: una geografía personal,” in En primera persona.  Marisa González de Oleaga (ed.).  Madrid: Gedisa, 2013: 199-207.

 
 

“Guerra, nostalgia y utopía en el imaginario urbano latinoamericano,” in La utopía posible. 3 vols.  Eduardo Parrilla (ed.).  Nuevo León, Monterrey: Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, 2013: 539-555.

 
 

“Fotogramas de la fugacidad: el escritor en tránsito y la transitoriedad de la escritura,” in Poéticas de los (dis)locamientos, ed. Gisela Heffes. Houston: Literal Publishing, 2012: 221-238.

 
 

“Southern displacements in Flora Tristán’s Peregrinaciones de una paria,” in The Utopian Impulse in Latin America, eds. Kim Beauchesne and Alessandra Santos. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011: 131-143.

 
 

“Utopia, Anarchism, and the Political Implications of Emotions,” in Anarchism and Utopianism, eds. Laurence Davis and Ruth Kinna. Manchester [UK]: Manchester University Press, 2010: 118-130.

 
 

“Utopías verdes: hacia una poética urbana de la conservación medioambiental,” in Utopías urbanas: geopolíticas del deseo en América Latina, ed. Gisela Heffes. Madrid/Frankfurt: Iberoamericana/Vervuert Verlag, 2012: 165-200.

 

 
 Book reviews
 

Andreas Huyssen (ed.), Other Cities, Other Worlds (Durham; London: Duke University Press, 2008), for World Literature Today, Volume 84, Number 1 (January-February 2010): 79.

 
 

Holmes, Amanda and Young, Richard (eds), Cultures of the City.  Mediating Identities in Urban Latin/o America (Pittsburg: University of Pittsburgh, 2010) for Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Vol. 36. 2, 419-421.

 
 

Pablo Manzano, El puente de La Jirafa (Barcelona: Barataria, 2008), for Quimera, 302 (January

2009): 70.

 
 

Bohoslavsky, Ernesto and González de Oleaga, Marisa (eds.), El hilo rojo.  Palabras y prácticas de la utopía en América Latina (Buenos Aires: Paidós, 2009) for BocadeSapo 7, Año XI (August 2010): [http://www.bocadesapo.com.ar/].

 
 Other
 

 “The Art of Appropriation: An Interview with Susannah Mira,” Literal 37 (Summer 2014): 47-51.

 
 

“Abraham Botbol-Hatchuel,” in Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World (EJIW), ed. Norman A. Stillman (Leiden: Brill, 2010).

 
 

“Buenos Aires, Argentina” in Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste: The Social Science of Garbage, ed. William Rathje (Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications, 2012).

 
 

“Literature and Ecology” for Latin American Studies, in Oxford Bibliographies Online (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

 
Creative Works
 Other - Aldea Lounge. Houston: Literal, 2014.
 
 
 Other - “Sophie La Belle and The Miniature Cities,” in Literal (November 17, 2015), online.
 
 
 Other - “La ciudad de Asclepio,” in Cruce de fronteras. Antología de escritores iberoamericanos en Estados Unidos. Eduardo González Viaña (ed.). Charleston, SC: Axiara Editions/Sub-Urbano, 2013: 153-161.
 
 
 Other - “Trans-global/trans-temporal (tríptico urbano),” in Delta de las arenas: cuentos árabes, cuentos judíos. Rose Mary Salum (ed.). Houston: Literal Publishing, 2013: 325-335.
 
 
 Other - Glossa urbana. Córdoba, Argentina: Alción Editora, 2012.
 Book,
 
 Other - “La ciudad de Asclepio,” in Literal 20 (Spring 2010): 40-2.
 
 
 Other - “Naturaleza muerta,” in BOCADESAPO 7, Año XI (August 2010): 54-9.
 
 
 Other - “Naturaleza muerta,” in Carátula. Revista Cultural Centroamericana 48 (June-July 2012): [http://www.caratula.net/ediciones/48/narrativa-gheffes.php].
 
 
 Other - “Obstinada oquedad,” in Pterodáctilo 8 (May 2010): [http://pterodactilo.com/numero8/].
 
 
 Other - “Sophie La Belle y las ciudades en miniatura,” in La erótica del realto, eds. Jimena Néspolo and Matías Néspolo (Buenos Aires: Adriana Hidalgo, 2009), 99-134.
 
 
 Other - “Las Ciudades en miniatura. Una fábula urbana de Sophie La Belle”
 This short video aims to accompany the reading of the short story “Sophie La Belle y las ciudades en miniatura.” , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V42K9-SuUdA , (Posted March 4, 2010))
 
 Other - “Transterritorialidad,” in Literal 21 (Summer 2010): 49.
 
 
Presentations
 Invited Papers
 

Invited lecture on “Narrating Terror in Argentina: Towards a Poetics of Disenchantment.” Terror and Representation Symposium, Department of Classical and European Studies, Rice University, March 26, 2016.

 
 

Invited lecture on “Green Humanities.” Narrating the Environment Symposia, the Environmental Humanities Working Group at Duke University, March 31–April 1, 2016.

 

 
 

Invited paper on “La materialidad de lo natural en Horacio Quiroga: una lectura del Diario de viaje a París (1950 [1900]) y Los arrecifes de coral (1901).” Panel on Políticas de los objetos en la literatura de viajes, Latin American Association (LASA), (Puerto Rico), May 27-20, 2015.

 
 

Invited paper on “Escritura, fugacidad, desplazamientos.” Texas A&M University International Conference on Poetry versus Philosophy - Life, Artifact & Theory, April 11-13, 2013.

 
 

Invited plenary on “Environments in Critical Thought: A Latin American Perspective," The Western Literature Association (WLA), (Missoula, Montana), October 5-8, 2011.

 
 Invited Talks
 

Invited talk on “In Praise of Irreverence.” The Power of Ideas, Part II, Rice University Institute’s Scientia Lectures Series, October 29, 2013.

 
 

Invited lecture on “The Problem of Emotions in Latin American Anarchist-Utopian Literature, 1912-1924.” Pan American Round Table (Houston, TX), March 22, 2011.

 
 

Invited talk on “Cardboard Recycling in Latin America: An Aesthetic Proposal or Environmental Justice?”, The Brown Bag Series at The Rice Art Gallery, October 19, 2011.

 
 

Invited lecture on “Del suburbio a la villa miseria: una lectura de los itinerarios (e imaginarios) urbanos a partir de Borges.”  Borges - Buenos Aires, Goethe Universität (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), November 17-18, 2011.

 
 

Invited lecture on “Poverty and Violence in Latin American (Un)Sustainable Cities.”  The Sustainable City:  Gender Panel, Rice University Chao Center for Asian Studies, November 10, 2011.

 
 

Invited lecture on “Redefining Garbage in Contemporary Buenos Aires: The Imagination of Crisis and its Aesthetic Responses.”  University of Cambridge (UK), Centre for Latin American Studies, January 30, 2012.

 
 

Invited lecture on El hilo rojo.  Palabras y prácticas de la utopía en América Latina.  The Tecnológico de Monterrey’s International Conference Utopía: espacios alternativos y expresiones culturales en América Latina (Monterrey, México), August 25, 2010.

 

 
 Lectures
 

“Guerra, nostalgia y utopía en la ciudad latinoamericana contemporánea.” The Tecnológico de Monterrey’s International Conference Utopía: espacios alternativos y expresiones culturales en América Latina (Monterrey, México), August 24-27, 2010.

 
 Panelist
 

Co-organizer (with Ernesto Livón-Grosman) of panel: “Imágenes residuales,” Antropología de la basura: Detritus del consumo e insumos industriales, XI Reunión de Antropología del Mercosur (RAM), (Montevideo, Uruguay), November 30-December 4, 2015. 

 
 

Invited lecture on “Cultures of Trash: A Panel Discussion,” Thorsten Brinkmann Exhibition at The Rice Art Gallery, April 9, 2016.

 
 

“Cartoneros: Poverty, Survival and Recycling in Contemporary Buenos Aires.”  The City and the Environment in Latin America.  An Interdisciplinary Perspective.  Rice University, January 27, 2011.

 
 

“Waste and Consumption in Latin American Narratives,” The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Conference (The University of Indiana at Bloomington), June 21-26, 2011.

 
 

“Cultural Identity, Travel Writing and Utopia in Flora Tristán’s Peregrinaciones de una paria.” The South Central Modern Languages Association, (October 30, 2009).

 
 Session Chair
 

President and co-organizer (with Jennifer French) of panel: “Critical Environments in Latin             America: New Trends and Emerging Perspectives,” The Modern Language Association (MLA), (Austin, Texas), January 5-8, 2016.

 
 

Session organizer of panel: “Paradigmas del conocimiento en la ecocrítica: desafíos metodológicos e interdisciplinariedad.” Latin American Association (LASA), (New York), May 27-30, 2016.

 
 

Discussant, Rice-Unicamp Seminar.  Session 3 – Conversations between the Old and the New Worlds, Rice University, April 29-30, 2013.

 
 

"Gazing at Bolivar's Body: The Culture and Politics of the Body in Venezuela.” Global Hispanism Workshop (GHW), Rice University (November 20, 2009).

 
 Workshops
 

Organizer of Poetics of Displacement: Latin American Emigré Writers and The Creative Imagination

The “Global Hispanism” series of workshops for the coming academic year (2010-11) will focus on the overlooked relationship between the “creative writing process” and the experience of migration, displacement and translocation in Latin American writers living in the US.


 
Editorial Positions
 Associate Editor, World Literature Today. The University of Oklahoma . (2009 - 2009)

 Member of the Editorial Board, BOCADESAPO. (2009 - 2009)

 Series Editor, Literal Publishing/Dislocados. Literal . (2012 - 2015)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Charles Halka, Ph.D. Impact for orchestra. (2014) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Tiffany Barnes Barnes , Ph.D. Gender Quotas and The Representation of Women: Empowerment, Decision-making, and Public Policy. (Thesis Committee Member)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Humanities Research Innovation Fund to “Archiving the Future: The Recovery of a Heritage in the Making,” Rice University, 2014-2015,

 Humanities Research Center Teaching-Release Fellowship for one semester, Rice University, 2015-2016,

 Humanities Research Innovation Fund to “Archiving the Future: The Recovery of a Heritage in the Making,” Rice University, 2013-2014, Humanities Research Center, Rice Universiy