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Edurne Portela
Institutional Address: Humanities Center

224 W Packer Avenue

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA 18015


Office number: (610) 758-4375

Email: edurne@lehigh.edu

EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Spanish and Spanish American Literatures, May 2003

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


M.A. in Hispanic Literatures, December 1999

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


B.A. in History, June 1997

The University of Navarra, Spain


EMPLOYMENT
Associate Professor at Lehigh University, Fall 2009-present
Director of Lehigh University’s Humanities Center, Fall 2008-Spring 2014
Assistant Professor at Lehigh University, Fall 2003-Spring 2008
Teaching Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997-2001
PUBLICATIONS
Book
Displaced Memories: The Poetics of Trauma in Argentine Women’s Writings. Bucknell University Press, 2009.
Forthcoming book
La imaginación en conflicto. Completion date: March 2015. Under review.
Refereed Articles
“Despertar del Letargo: Literatura vasca contra la indiferencia y el silencio”. Revista de

Estudios Hispánicos 47:3 (2013): 417-442.
“El espectro y la memoria en Cielos de barro de Dulce Chacón.” Anales de Literatura Española

Contemporánea 36:1 (2011): 187-207.
“Como escritor no me interesa tomar partido”: Felix Bruzzone y la memoria anti-militante. A

Contracorriente 7:3 (Spring 2010): 168-184.
“Cicatrices del trauma: cuerpo, exilio y memoria en Una sola muerte numerosa de Nora Strejilevich

Revista Iberoamericana 222 (2008): 71-84.
“Hijos del Silencio: Intertextualidad, paratextualidad y postmemoria en La voz dormida de Dulce

Chacón.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 41 (2007): 51-71.


“Writing (in) Prison: The Discourse of Confinement in Lidia Falcón’s En el infierno.” Arizona Journal of

Hispanic Cultural Studies 11 (2007): 121-36.
Refereed Book Chapters
“Parodia en negro: Si Sabino viviría de Iban Zaldua.” El género negro: El fin de la frontera. Javier

Sánchez Zapatero and Alex Martín Escribá (eds). Andavira Editora (2012). 105-111.


“La escritura de la memoria en la nueva narrativa en español: una perspectiva transatlántica.” Contornos

de la narrativa española actual (2000-2009): Un diálogo entre creadores y críticos. Iberoamericana-Vervuet, 2010. 189-198.
“Escritura y trauma en la narrativa femenina de prisión: Pasos bajo el agua de Alicia Kozameh.” Género y Géneros: Escritoras y Escritura Iberoamericanas. Madrid: Publicaciones de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2006. 87-97.
Invited Book Chapters
“Interpretaciones del dolor y la violencia: La literatura de Iban Zaldua, Eider Rodríguez y Jokin Muñoz”. Imágenes de la memoria: Víctimas del dolor y la violencia terrorista. Pilar Rodríguez (ed). Forthcoming in Siglo XXI. 2015
"Los pasos siniestros o el retorno a la libertad." Alicia Kozameh: Ética, estética, y las acrobacias de la

palabra escrita. Erna Pfeiffer (ed). Iberoamericana Vervuet: 2013. 145-154.
Reviews
Destination Dictatorship: The Spectacle of Spain’s Tourist Boom and the Reinvention of Difference by

Justin Crumbaugh. Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 14:1 (2013): 103-105.


Radical Justice: Spain and the Southern Cone Beyond Market and State by Luis Martín-Cabrera. Hispanic Review 81:1 (2013): 115-118.
Acts of Narrative Resistance: Women’s Autobiographical Writings in the Americas by Laura Beard. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 45 (2011): 487-488.
The Censorhip Files: Latin American Writers and Franco’s Spain by Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola Hispanófila 156 (2009): 140-42.
Narradoras españolas en la transición política: Textos y contextos by Pilar Nieva de la Paz. Hispanófila 149 (2007): 87-88.
Spanish Culture behind Barbed Wire: Memory and Representation of the French Concentration Camps (1939-1945), by Francie Cate-Arries. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 39.1 (2005): 211-12.
Children's Classics Under Franco: Censorship of the William Books and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Ian Craig. Hispanófila 138 (2003): 158-60.
Voices of Resistance. Testimonies of Cuban and Chilean Women, ed. Judy Maloof. Hispanófila 137 (2003): 152-4.
AWARDS AND RESEARCH FUNDING
New Directions Fellowship (AY 2013-2014 and 2014-2015)

Class of 1961 Professorship (AY 2011-12 and 2012-13)

Mellon Grant from the Center for Global Islamic Studies (Summer 2010)

Global Studies Humanities Course Development Grant (Summer 2010)

Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Award for Excellence in Teaching (Spring 2009)

President and Provost’s Faculty Development Fund Grant (September 2008)

Franz and Class of 1968 Junior Faculty Fellowship (Summer 2008)

Faculty Research Grant (2007-2008)

Franz and Class of 1968 Junior Faculty Fellowship (Summer 2007)

President and Provost’s Faculty Development Fund Grant (August 2006)

Franz and Class of 1968 Junior Faculty Fellowship (Summer 2005)

President and Provost’s Faculty Development Fund Grant (November 2004)

President and Provost’s Faculty Development Fund Grant (October 2003)

President and Provost’s Faculty Development Fund Grant (November 2003)


PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
Invited presentations
"El silencio tras el disparo: manifestaciones sociales y representaciones artísticas en el País Vasco". Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo. July 2015 (Forthcoming).
“Literature and Culture: Awakening an Ethical Imagination”. University of South Florida. November 20,

2012.
“La memoria irreverente y anti-militante.” University of Cincinnati. May 25, 2010.


“Beyond the ‘Post-’? Seeking a New Critical Language for Contemporary Narratives of Argentina and Spain.” The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University, April 2009.
“Re-enacting Memory, Reconstructing Resistance: Alicia Partnoy’s La Escuelita.” College of New Rochelle, November 2007.
“Children of Silence: Acts of Postmemory in Dulce Chacón’s La voz dormida.” Feminist Faculty Research Forum, Lehigh University, November 2005.
“Scarred Memories, Fragmented Texts: Trauma in Women's Novels of Imprisonment during the Argentinean Proceso.” Binghamton University, April 2004.
“A Very Personal and Brief Overview of Spain (1993-2004).” Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise, Lehigh University, April 2004.
“Women Writing (In) Prison: Trauma, Memory and the Dynamics of Space.” Feminist Faculty Research Forum, Lehigh University, March 2004.
Refereed presentations
“‘El caballo te da la paz’: Reflexiones sobre la violencia y el olvido en El pico de Eloy de la Iglesia”. IV Congreso de Cine e Historia, Barcelona. September 4-7, 2014.
“La representación del etarra en el proceso de paz vasco”. 68th Anual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington. April 9-13, 2014
“Escribir contra la indiferencia: Literatura contemporánea sobre ETA”. Segundas Jornadas Internacionales de ALCESXXI. Madrid, July 9-12, 2013.
“Apuntes contra la indiferencia: Literatura sobre ETA en el nuevo contexto vasco”. Carolina Conference

on Romance Literatures. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, April 4-7, 2013.


“Hacia una imaginación ética: Literatura sobre el ‘conflicto’ vasco en el siglo XXI”. VI Congreso

Internacional de la Asociación Hispánica de Humanidades, Madrid, June 28-30, 2012.


“Génesis de ALCES XXI”. 65th Anual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky,

Lexington. April 16-18, 2011.


“Contra la cultura de la indiferencia: literatura sobre ETA en el siglo XXI.” 64rd Anual Kentucky Foreign

Language Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington. April 16-18, 2011.


“Parodia en Negro: Si Sabino viviría de Iban Zaldua.” VII Congreso Internacional de Novela y Cine

Negro. Salamanca, Spain. April 5-8, 2011.


“Mapa transatlántico de irreverentes ficciones: una ‘nueva generación’ escribe sobre traumas históricos.” 63rd Anual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington. April 15-17, 2010.
“Memoria, género y nación en Los pasos incontables de Ramón Saizarbitoria.” 124th Modern Languages Association Conference. San Francisco, December 27-30, 2008.
“Muerte de un personaje innombrable: El compromiso de la memoria en Cielos de barro de Dulce Chacón.” II Congreso Internacional Escritoras y Compromiso: Literatura española e hispanoamericana de los siglos XX y XXI.” Madrid, May 27-30, 2008.
“Prácticas transatlánticas de memoria: Guillermo del Toro y la Guerra Civil española.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures: Questioning Textualities: A Transatlantic Approach? University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 27-29, 2008.
“Posmemoria en Argentina: nuevos paradigmas de representación del pasado traumático.” Latin American Studies Association. Montreal. September 2007.
“Perspectivas transatlánticas: (Post)dictadura y (post)memoria en Argentina y España.” I Congreso Internacional de Literatura: Arte y Cultura en la Globalización, Buenos Aires, October 2006.

“Narratives of Exile in the US: Tales of Displaced Memories.” North East Modern Language Association Conference. Philadelphia, March 2006.


“Cicatrices del trauma: memoria, cuerpo y representación en las narrativas femeninas de ex presas de la guerra sucia argentina.” Latin American Studies Association. Puerto Rico, March 2006.
“Estudios Transatlánticos Contemporáneos: Aproximaciones a una nueva teoría del Atlántico.” 58th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington, April 21-23 2005.
“Transatlantic Configurations: Creating Spaces for Prison Narratives.” North East Modern Language Association Conference. Cambridge, March-April 2005.
“Cats: The Representation of Trauma in Alicia Kozameh's "Pasos bajo el agua." Latin American Studies Association Conference. Las Vegas, October 2004.
“Escritura y trauma en la narrativa femenina de prisión: Pasos bajo el agua de Alicia Kozameh.” Género y Géneros: Escritura y Escritoras Iberoamericanas. Madrid, May, 2004.
“Theorizing the Space in Between: Prison Writing as Transatlantic Counterculture.” 57th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington, April 2004
“Writing the History of Political Confinement: Argentinean Fragmented Novels of Death and Survival.” North East Modern Language Association Conference. Pittsburgh, March 2004.
Organized and chaired sessions
“Escribir y traducir la violencia”. Segundas Jornadas Internacionales de ALCESXXI. Madrid, July 9-12,

2013. (Panel and conference organizer)


“Literatura y violencia”. Primeras Jornadas Internacionales de ALCES XXI. Valladolid, July 4-8, 2011.
“Contracultura española del siglo XXI: Despertar a la realidad a través de la ficción.” 64rd Annual

Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington. April 16-18, 2011.


“Genealogía y evolución del concepto de desaparición en la Argentina: Aproximaciones interdisciplinarias.” Latin American Studies Association Congress, Toronto, October 5-9, 2010.

“Nuevas lecturas del Atlántico hispano.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures: Questioning Textualities: A Transatlantic Approach? University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 27-29, 2008.


“Perspectivas transatlánticas: Postdictadura, memoria y trauma en España y Latinoamérica.” 58th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington, April 21-23 2005.
“Narratives of Displacement: Mobile Identities in Hispanic Literature.” North East Modern Language Association Conference. Cambridge, March-April 2005.
Other activities
Moderator for Centroamérica Cuenta, Managua, Nicaragua, May 2015: “La tinta y la sangre, escribir en el continente más violento.”
Dialogue with writers Rosa Montero y José Manuel Fajardo: “‘Contra la tiranía de la muerte: puntos de fuga’: Rosa Montero y José Manuel Fajardo”. Centro Sefarad-Israel (Madrid). November 13, 2014.
Moderator for Festival de la Palabra, San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 2013:

--Mesa Redonda: “La curiosidad del lector frente a la uniformidad del mercado” con Álvaro Lasso, Washington Cucurto, Doris Moromisato y Urayoán Noel

--Debate: “La realidad hecha trizas: literatura fragmentaria y novela total” con Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez, Claudia Amegual y Juan López Bauzá
TEACHING AND RESEARCH ADVISING
Courses taught since Fall 2003
Spring 2014: Spanish Fiction of the 21st Century (Span 397)
Fall 2013: Cultural Evolution of Spain (Span 151)
Spring 2013: Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Film (Span 213)
Fall 2012: War and Violence in 21st-century Spanish Literature (Span 397)

Cultural Evolution of Latin America (Span 152)


Spring 2012: Narratives of Displacement: Exile and Migration in the Hispanic Atlantic (Global

Studies/Latin American Studies 397)


Fall 2011: Advanced Grammar (Spanish 141)

The Spanish-American Short Story (Spanish 263)


Spring 2011: Edge Cultures of Spain in the 21st Century (Span 297/397)
Fall 2010: Love and Revolution in the Hispanic World (Span 397)

South Mountain College Advanced Seminar


Spring 2010: Introduction to Hispanic Women Writers (Span 275)
Fall 2009: Cultural Evolution of Latin America (Span 152)
Spring 2009: Approaches to Reading Cultural Productions in Spanish (Span 213)
Fall 2008: Cultural Evolution of Latin America (Span 152)

The Boom in Spanish American Fiction (Span 397)


Spring 2008: Approaches to Reading Cultural Productions in Spanish (Span 213)

Testimonial Writing of the Hispanic World (Spanish 345)


Fall 2007: Introduction to Hispanic Women Writers (Span 275)

Women Writing Dirty Wars: Memory, Trauma, and Survival in Latin America (MLL/LAS/WS 297—taught in English)

Independent Study: Translations for the South Side Initiative
Spring 2007: Approaches to Reading Cultural Productions in Spanish (Span 213) Intermediate Spanish I (Spanish 11)
Fall 2006: Contemporary Literature of the Southern Cone (Spanish 297)

Testimonial Writing of the Hispanic World (Spanish 345)


Spring 2006: On sabbatical
Fall 2005: Introduction to Hispanic Women Writers (Span 297)

Advanced Grammar (Span 141)


Spring 2005: Furious Fiction: Women Writers of the Hispanic World (Spanish 397)

Approaches to Reading Cultural Productions in Spanish (Spanish 213)


Fall 2004: Testimonial Writing of the Hispanic World (Spanish 390)

Advanced Grammar and Composition (Spanish 141)

Practicum for Global Citizenship Program in Chile
Spring 2004: Approaches to Reading Cultural Productions in Spanish (Spanish 197)

Advanced Grammar and Composition (Spanish 141)


Fall 2003: Contemporary Women Writers from the Hispanic World (Spanish 290)

Advanced Grammar and Composition (Spanish 141)


New Courses Developed for the Spanish Curriculum
Spanish 213: Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Film

Spanish 275: Introduction to Hispanic Women Writers

Spanish 276: Contemporary Southern Cone Literature


Spanish 345: Testimonial Writing of the Hispanic World
Spanish 346: Contemporary Hispanic Women Writers: The Novelists
Spanish 397s: Love and Revolution in the Hispanic World

War and Violence in 21st-century Spanish Literature


New Course Developed for the Latin American Studies Program
MLL/LAS/WS 297: Women Writing Dirty Wars: Memory, Trauma and Survival in Latin America (taught in English)
New Course Developed for the Global Studies Major
GS/LAS/MLL 397: Narratives of Displacement: Exile and Migration in the Hispanic Atlantic
Undergraduate Research Director
AY 2013-14: Independent study about Spanish Anarchism (Candice Travise)
AY 2012-13: College Scholar Senior Project Director (Courtney Weintraub, “‘Primero, la verdad’: Un

análisis sobre los procesos de construcción identitaria de los jóvenes de Villa Tranquila”)


AY 2010-11: College Scholar Senior Project Director (Allie Thrall,“La maquinaria educativa: El poder y

la repression del Opus Dei”)


Spring 2011: Independent Study on Argentine Cultural History and Uruguayan Candombé
Fall 2009: Independent Study on Argentine and Spanish Contemporary Literature
AY 2008-09: College Scholar Senior Project Director (Span 389). (Lisa Cheung, “Immobility and Feminism in Emilia Pardo Bazán” and Betsy Boig “Contemporary Indigenous movements of Latin America”)
Spring 2008: College Scholar Senior Project Director (Span 389). (Lisa Cheung: “Immobility and Feminism in Emilia Pardo Bazán”)
Spring 2007: Director of Research Project presented at Lafayette College’s student conference on Latin American Studies. March 2007. Student: Molly LaBonte; Project: “Trauma and Healing in Latin American Testimonios
Spring 2006: College Scholar Senior Project Director (Span 389). 2 students (Cate Johnston: “Los repatriados en Nicaragua”; Victoria Oliver: “Memoria, Melancolía y Violencia en el País Vasco”)
Fall 2005: College Scholar Senior Project Director (Span 389). 2 students (Cate Johnston: “Los repatriados en Nicaragua”; Victoria Oliver: “Memoria, Melancolía y Violencia en el País Vasco”)
Spring 2005: Independent Study on Spanish Feminism (Spanish 290). 1 student

College Scholar Senior Project Director (Spanish 389) (Ruth Solomon:“Chile y el Cepalismo”


Graduate Research Advising
Fall 2012: Member of prospectus and dissertation committee for students Betsy Brooks

(University of Alabama) and Rosario Colchero (University of North Carolina-

Chapel Hill).
Member of Masters Thesis committee for student Evgenia Davenport (University of South Florida)
Fall 2010-present: Member of prospectus and dissertation committee for student in the English

Department (Minh Trinh, “Psychological Responses in 20th Century American Women’s Literature”)


Fall 2009-Spring 2011:Member of prospectus and dissertation committee for student at the Department

of Romance Languages, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (student: María del Carmen Caña Jiménez)


Fall 2008-present: Member of prospectus and dissertation committee for students in the English Department (student: Jenny Hyest “Modernism, Memory and Desire: Anglo-American Women and Objectification)
Fall 2008-Spring 2013: Member of prospectus and dissertation committee for students in the English

Department (student: West Atkinson: “19th Century US Literary Representations of Space and the Production of Space)


Fall 2008: Director of Graduate Level Independent Study “Memory and Trauma in a Transatlantic Context,” University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (student: María del Carmen Caña Jiménez)
Spring 2008-Present: Member of prospectus and dissertation committee for student in the English Department (Rebecca Lynn “Forbidden Bodily Knowledge: Representations of Transformative Violence in Early Modern and Postmodern Entertainment”)
Fall 2007-Spring 2011:Member of prospectus and dissertation committee for student in the English Department (Colleen Martell, “Love, Embodiment, and Capitalist Exploitation in the Literature of American Feminist Radicals, 1855-1945)
Advising
Fall 2009-present: Non-major advisor (2 students per academic year)
Fall 2007-Spring 2008: Mentor for the Mentoring Program, Joint Multicultural Program
Fall 2006-Spring 2007: Non-major advisor
Summer 2006-Spring 2007: Mentor for the Mentoring Program, Joint Multicultural Program
Fall 2005: Fulbright Committee. Ellen Lempereur: “Teaching English in an English Teachers Training College in Argentina”
Spring 2005: Honor Thesis Committee for International Relations. Stacy Jones “Narco-Corruption and the Drug Trade in Mexico”
Fall 2003-Fall 2008: Faculty Advisor for the Spanish Club.
SERVICE

Service to University and College

Director of the Humanities Center (Fall 2008-Spring 2014)


Director of International Initiatives for the College of Arts and Sciences (Spring 2013-Spring 2014)
CAS Faculty Liaison for the Office of International Affairs (Spring 2013-Spring 2014)
South Mountain College Steering Committee (Fall 2007-Fall 2011)
South Mountain College Planning Committee (Spring 2007)
Humanities Center Eccentral Committee (Spring 2007-Fall 2008)
Global Citizenship Co-Director, Chile Program (Fall 2004-January 2005)
Ally for Lehigh University’s Safe Space Program (Fall 2004-present)
Service to Interdisciplinary Programs
Latin American Studies Advisory Board (Fall 2006-Spring 2015)
Berman Center Director Search Committee (Fall 2012-Spring 2013)
Apter Chair for Holocaust Studies Search Committee (Fall 2009-Spring 2010)
Latin American Studies Search Committee (Fall 2006-Spring 2007; Fall 2007-Spring 2008; Fall 2010-

Spring 2011; Fall 2012-Spring 2013)


Co-organizer of Latin American Film Festival (October-November 2007)
Women’s Studies Steering Committee (Fall 2006-Fall 2008)
European Studies: Friend of the program (Spring 2008-2010)
Service to Department
Search Committee for Assistant Professor in Spanish (AY 2013-14)
Planning Committee for Comparative Literature PhD Program (Spring 2010-Spring 2011)
Search Committee for Assistant Professor in French (Fall 2008-Spring 2009)
Director of the MLL International Scholars Lecture Series:
-Fall 2008-Spring 2009: Co-Organized visit of German Professor from Cornell Leslie Adelson
-Fall 2007-Spring 2008. Organized visit of Chilean author Marjorie Agosín (April 8, 2008)
Organized and hosted visit to Lehigh of Argentine author Nora Strejilevich (April 2007)
Search Committee for Assistant Professor in Spanish (Fall 2006-Spring 2007; Fall 2007-Spring 2008)
Organized activities for the Year of Languages (Fall 2005)


Service to the Profession
Co-founder and Vice-president of ALCES XXI (Asociación de Literatura y Cine Españoles Siglo XXI;

2010-present)


Co-organizer of the third ALCES XXI International Conference (Soria, 6-10 July 2015)
Co-organizer of the second ALCES XXI International Conference (Madrid, 9-12 July 2013)
Co-organizer of the first ALCES XXI International Conference (Valladolid, 4-8 July 2011)
Member of Editorial Board of Revista de ALCES XXI (2011-present)
Editorial Service to Digitalia (co-editor of 21st Century Spanish Literature Collection; 2010-2011)
External Reader/Evaluator for Columbia University Press
External Reader/Evaluator for the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos
External Reader/Evaluator for the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos
External Reader/Evaluator for the Latin American Research Review
PROFESIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Modern Language Association
ALCES XXI (Asociación de Literatura y Cine Españoles Siglo XXI)


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