Modern Languages & Cultures Faculty — Isabel Arredondo

Associate Professor

As an advisor and a teacher, Dr. Arredondo enthusiastically works to make SUNY Plattsburgh a place where students can find an environment in which they feel comfortable. Her field of interest is minority discourse, especially gender and ethnicity. She did her dissertation on the representation of the Maya in the 1940's Guatemalan literature, which was published as a book, titled De brujos y naguales: La Guatemala imaginaria de Miguel Angel Asturias.

Dr. Isabel Arredondo is a professor of Latin American literature and culture. She teaches courses on Latin American culture and film, and Spanish language. Dr. Arredondo has actively participated at the Latin American Studies Association, where she organized the program on Arts and the Media in 1998, chaired panels in 1995, 1997 and 2000, and presented papers from 1995-2000.

Education

  • Ph.D. Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley, 1992. Dissertation: “Encounters between Latin America and Europe: Hombres de maíz by Miguel Angel Asturias.”
  • M.A. Film Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, 2009. Thesis: “‘I Am a Mother First’: Mexican Women Filmmakers of the 1980s and 1990s and the Representation of Motherhood.”
  • M.A. Spanish Linguistics and Literature, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1984.

Teaching Areas

  • Latin American literature and culture.
  • Latin American culture and film.
  • Spanish.

Teaching Experience

  • 1994-present: Associate Professor of Spanish. Plattsburgh State University, New York. Courses: Latin American Film, Contemporary and Nineteenth Century Latin American Literature and Culture, and Spanish language.
  • 2009 Visiting Scholar. McGill University Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Montreal, Canada.
  • 2001-2002 Visiting Scholar. McGill Center for Research and Teaching on Women, Canada.
  • 1993-94 Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish. University of Michigan-Dearborn. Courses: Latin American Culture and Civilization, translation, advanced grammar and composition, and Spanish language. 
  • 1992-93 Lecturer. Saint Mary's College, Moraga, California. Courses:  Contemporary Spanish Literature, and beginning and intermediate Spanish language.

Publications

  • Books
    • 2001 Palabra de Mujer: Historia oral de las directoras de cine mexicanas 1988-1994. Madrid: Iberoamericana & Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes.
    • 1997 De brujos y naguales: La Guatemala imaginaria de Miguel Ángel Asturias.  Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press.
  • Articles
    • 2009 “Sergei Eisenstein’s ¡Que viva México! in the Light of Mexico’s Post-Revolutionary Politics” to be sent to The Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies).
    • 2009 “El cine de Diego Rísquez: Entre la plástica y el cine. Una mirada semiótica, estética e histórica.” En colaboración con Dr. Emperatriz Arreaza and Magister írida García ” (accepted by estética: revista de arte y estética contemporánea for publication in 2010).
    • 2009 “El cine venezolano en Super 8 y el tercer cine” en ón con Dr. Emperatriz Arreaza (accepted by Revista situArte, Facultad de Arte de la Universidad del Zulia en Maracaibo).
    • 2009 “De Mrs. George Rublee or Mrs. Juliet Barrett Rublee?: Policymaking and Travelogues in 1929 Mexico.” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, Volume 26: 1, Winter 2009.
    • 2009 “Watching Rape in Mexican Cinema” (to be part of the film anthology Latin American Cinemas: Local Views and Transnational Connections by The University of Calgary Press).
    • 2009 “Telling Stories about Unknown People in Faraway Countries: U.S. Travelogues about Mexico in the 1930-40s” (to be part of the film anthology Storytelling in World Cinemas: Narrative Forms and Contexts from Wallflower Press).
    • 2009 “¿Toga griega o traje de Adelita?: Vestido y política en el cine mexicano de 1937,” Estudios. Revista de Investigaciones Literarias y Culturales. no. 32 Vol. 17. Julio-diciembre 2009: 201-288.
    • 2003 “De transparente a translúcida: Directores cubanos en 1990.” Género y cultura en América Latina (Centro de Estudios Sociológicos y Programa Interdisciplinario de Estudios de la Mujer, Colegio de México), 117-134.
    • 2002 “¿Sabrosa historia, la de las directoras mexicanas!” Cinémas d’Amerique Latine, vol. 10, no. 184, 160-167.
    • 2002 “María Novaro on the Making of Lola and Danzón.” Women’s Studies Quarterly, vol. 30, no. 1-2 (Spring/Summer), 196-212.
    • 2002 “Motherhood, Desire and Intimacy: Teaching Mexican Women’s Films.” Women’s Studies Quarterly, vol. 30, no. 1-2 (Spring/Summer), 239-254.
    • 2002 “‘Tenía bríos y, aún vieja, los sigo teniendo’: Reflexiones y entrevista a Matilde Landeta.” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, vol. 18, no. 1, 189-204.
    • 2001 “¿Abróchense los cinturones!: El viaje al inconsciente en las leyendas de Miguel Ángel Asturias.” In Miguel Ángel Asturias, Cuentos y leyendas (critical edition), ALLCA XX, Université de París: Colecciones Archivos, 641-652.
    • 1999 “By Popular Demand: I Will See Danzón until I Can’t Stand It Any More.” Journal of Communication Inquiry, vol. 232, 183-196.
    • 1998 “From Transparent to Translucid: Cuban Filmmakers in 1990.” Latin American Literary Review, no. 49, 25-38.
    • 1996  “Dentro o fuera de la jaula: Observación de los indígenas en el documental etnogrÁfico.” Alba de América, vol. 14, no. 26, 139-145.
    • 1995 “¿Amarte para qué?: El mito del amor en Como agua para Romance Language Annual, vol. 6, 413-6.
  • Reviews and encyclopedia entries
    • 2009 “Juliet Barrett Rublee.” Women Film Pioneers Sourcebook Vol. 1 (accepted for publication).
    • 2007 “Dress in Mexican Cinema,” Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, (accepted for publication in 2010).
    • 2006 “Mexican documentary.” Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film, ed. Ian Aitken, New York and London: Routledge.
    • 1996 “Men of Maize. Mesoamérica, no. 31, 245-249.
    • 1995 “Mamá Coca: The Other Side of the Leaf, directed by Gabriela Martínez.” Center for Media and Independent Learning, University of California Extension, Berkeley.
    • 1994 “René Prieto, Miguel Angel Asturias's Archaeology of Return.” Hispania, vol. 77, no 3, 448.
    • 1994 “Ñakak by Gabriela Martínez.” Center for Media and Independent Learning, University of California Extension, Berkeley, 13.

Conferences

  • 2008 “La maternidad en el cine de mujeres mexicanas contemporáneas.”  5a Muestra Internacional de Mujeres en el Cine y la Televisión, Mexico City, September 4-7
  • 2008 “Forgetting Women Film Pioneers: Juliet Rublee and the Myth of the Avant-Garde.” 5th Women and the Silent Screen Conference, Stockholm,  Sweden, 11–13 June
  • 2008 “Amateur Cinema in Mexico in the Forties: Harry Wright’s Travelogues and Film Culture.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Philadelphia, March 6-9.
  • 2007 Chair of the panel “Adorning the Body Politic: Fashion, Appearance and Culture.” Presenter of “La política del vestido: La Revolución Mexicana a través del vestuario de películas mexicanas de los aÑos treinta.” Discussant in the panel “Reassessing Contemporary Latin American Cinema.” XXVII Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Montreal, Canada, September 5-8. 
  • 2006 “Mrs George Rublee or Mrs. Juliet Barrett Rublee?: Policy Making and Travelogues in 1920s Mexico.” Women and the Silent Screen Conference, Guadalajara, June 7-10.
  • 2006 “Beyond Sin: A Cultural Studies Approach to the Religious,” XXVI Latin American Studies Association International Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 15. 
  • 2005 “Globalización y femicidio,” III International Interdisciplinary Conference on “Gendering, Citizenship and Globalization,” Huelva, Spain, May 9-11.
  • 2004 “The US-Mexico Desert in Documentaries of the 2000s,” 120th MLA Annual Convention, Philadelphia, December 27-30.
  • 2004 “Eisenstein’s Footage for ¿Que viva México!: a Contested Image of Mexico.” XXV Latin American Studies Association International Congress, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 7-9. 
  • 2004 Discussant, “New Trends in Latino(a) and Latin American Video and Film.” Latin American Studies Association, XXV International Congress, Las Vegas, October 7-9.
  • 2004 “Acting and Directing in Mexico in the 1930’s.” Women and the Silent Screen, Montreal, June 2-6.
  • 2003 “María Novaro’s El jardín del Edén.” Sin Fronteras Film Festival, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, April 11.
  • 2003 “The Road between Narcissism and Self-Love in María Novaro’s Danzón.” Latin American Studies Association, XXIV International Congress, Dallas, March 28.
  • 2002 “Lovable Images of Women by Mexican Filmmakers.” Seminar Series, Mc Gill Center for Research and Teaching on Women, Montreal, March 21.
  • 2001 “Mexican Female Directors Make Their Own Images.” Mexican Cultural Institute, Tríptico, Washington D. C., November 26.
  • 2001 “Mexican Female Directors Make Their Own Images.” Library of Congress, Hispanic Division, Washington D. C., November 26.
  • 2001 “‘Now That Your Daughter Is All a Woman, She Can Be a Good Mother’: The Ideal of Virgin-motherhood in the Mexican Films of the 1930’s-1940’s.” Forging New Identities Through Film, Literature and Music, Plattsburgh State University, October 5.
  • 2001 “Adela Sequeyro’s Being Looked At: Female Narcissistic Love in the 1930’s.” Latin American Studies Association, XXIII International Congress, Washington D. C., September 6-8.
  • 2000 “IMCINE’s Measures during Duran’s Sexenio: Privatization of Culture?” Latin American Studies Association, XXII International Congress, Miami, March 18.
  • 2000 Session Chair, “Contemporary Latin American Culture: Politics, Culture and Identity.” Latin American Studies Association, XXII International Congress, Miami, March 18.
  • 1998 Organizer, Arts and Media track. Latin American Studies Association, XXI International Congress, Chicago, September 24-26.
  • 1998 “Women’s Eden in Tijuana.” Latin American Studies Association, XXI International Congress, Chicago, September 24-26.
  • 1997 Session Chair and organizer, “Aproximaciones teóricas a la construcción de la imagen en el cine mexicano del último decenio.” Latin American Studies Association, XX International Congress, Guadalajara, México, April.
  • 1997 “El acceso a la dirección a través de las escuelas de cine.” Latin American Studies Association, XX International Congress, Guadalajara, México, April.
  • 1996 “By popular demand:  ‘I will see Danzón until I can’t stand it any more.’” Fifth Latin American Popular Culture Conference, New Orleans, October.
  • 1995 Session Chair and organizer, “Cuban Woman on Both Sides of the Camera.” Latin American Studies Association, XIX International Congress, Washington D.C., September.
  • 1995 “From Transparent to Translucid.” Latin American Studies Association, XIX International Congress, Washington D.C., September.
  • 1995 “Representation in Socialist Cuba: Women Filmmakers in 1990.” Annual Conference of the Women’s Studies Association of New York, April.
  • 1994 “¿Amarte para qué?: El mito del amor en Como agua para chocolate.” Sixth Annual Purdue University Conference on Romance Languages, Literatures and Film, October.
  • 1994 Session Chair and “La contemporaneidad de Miguel Ángel Asturias en Hombres de maíz.” Eleventh Annual Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, September.
  • 1994 “La cultura guatemalteca escondida, según Asturias.” Eleventh Annual Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, September.
  • 1994 “Dentro o fuera de la jaula: Observación de los indígenas en el documental.” XII International Literature Symposium, Venezuela, August.
  • 1994 “La expresión de la identidad en la novela neo-indigenista de Miguel Ángel Asturias.” Eleventh International Symposium on Latin American Indian Literatures, Pennsylvania State University, McKeesport, June.
  • 1992 “Política de etnicidad en dos escritores guatemaltecos.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April.
  • 1991 “La leyenda indígena en la literature.” Foreign Language Association of Northern California, December.

Awards

  • 2009 Visiting scholar award. McGill University Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies.
  • 2008 Everett Helm Fellowship, Indiana University.
  • 2008 Fulbright Award to Venezuela.
  • 2004-2005 Henry P. and Thomas R. Schreiner-National Film Board of Canada Research/Production grant in Documentary.
  • 2001-2002 McGill Center for Research and Teaching on Women, Visiting Scholar Award.
  • 1998-99 Drescher Award, United University Professions, New York.
  • 1991-92 Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley.
  • 1985-86 University Complutense of Madrid Fellowship.

Contact Isabel Arredondo

Office: Champlain Valley Hall 308
Phone: (518) 564-3840
Fax: (518) 564-3841
Email: isabel.arredondo@plattsburgh.edu