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Maria Odette Canivell  

Office: Keezell 205
Phone: 540-568-6412
Email: canivemx@jmu.edu
Office Hours: T 11:45am-1:15pm; W 3-4:40pm

Courses: Spring 2014
Eng 302: Special Topics in Literature and Language
IDLS 400: Seminar in Liberal Studies

Specialization:
World Literature and Latin American Literature, Comparative Studies, Nation Building and           Literature, Film, Creative Writing, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis

Philosophical-literary discourse of writers in Latin America · Writers as public
          intellectuals ·The role of public intellectuals (particularly women in the second half
          of the 20th century) · Bilingualism and cultural misperceptions · Cultural
          imperialism · Freud's theory of culture · Literature and Psychoanalysis
          · Phenomenology and Hermeneutics · Central American experience: Writers in exile

Education:    
Ph.D., Comparative Studies, Florida Atlantic University, August, 2004
                   Dissertation: "Public Intellectuals in Latin America: Writers and Politics
                             and Quetzalcoatl's Feathers" (annotated critical novel)
                    Honors: Sigma Delta Pi. (Chapter: Rho Omega of the Spanish National Society)
ABD, Philosophy, Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala, GTM, 1995
                    Dissertation: "Repercusiones del pensamiento de Freud en el mundo
                             moderno," 2000 (LOC Control No. LC2001447427)
M.A., Spanish, Florida Atlantic University, August, 2000
                    Minor: Comparative Literature (Latin American and American Literature)
                    Honors: Impac Award (1999)
M.A., General Psychology, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala, GTM, December,
          1982 (Licenciatura)
                   Thesis: "La Estructura Intencional de la Imaginación"
B. A., Psychometrics, Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala, GTM, November, 1979
                   Coauthored Seminar Thesis: "Técnicas de Ajuste en el Inventario de Bell"

Awards and Fellowships:
Faculty Member in Residence, JMU, London (Spring 2010)
Madison Teaching Fellowship, JMU (2008-2009)
Recipient of a “O” category Visa, defined by the State Department as exclusively for
          "Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” (2005)
Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Latin American desk
          (2005-2006)
National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Award for outstanding scholarship, leadership
          and service, (2000)

Publications:

Books: Research and Non-fiction
El poder de la pluma: Los escritores y la política. (Monograph 1-72). [The might of the Pen:           Writers and Politics]. Saarbrucken, Germany: Editorial Académica Española,
          Lambert, 2012.

Marketing Myths: On Heroedom, Intellectual Imperialism and the Construction of National           Symbols. (Monograph 1-72). Saarbruken, Germany: Lambert Academic
          Publishing, 2012.

Istmoliteratura: Estudios sobre Literatura Centroamericana (Istmoliterature: Studies
          on Central American Literature). María Odette Canivell et al. Guatemala, GTM:
          Oscar de León Palacios, 2001, (LOC Control No. 2002388067).

Repercusiones del pensamiento de Freud en el mundo moderno. (Repercussions
          of Freud's Philosophical Thought in a Postmodern Society; monograph, p.
          1-198). Guatemala, GTM: Editorial Palo de Hormigo, 2000, (LOC Control
          No. LC2001447427).

Short Articles, Papers and Reviews in Periodicals
Review: "La Soledad y las Mujeres: Cuentos de Mujeres Solas" (Loneliness and
          Women). La Guía Ap. 2004: 63.

Review: "Paz, progreso, justicia y honradez: Das Ubico Regime" (Peace,
          Progress, Justice and Dignity: The Ubico Regime). Latin American Studies
          Journal
, London: Latin American Studies Institute Press,1992.

Review: "Los renglones torcidos de Dios" (God's Crooked Penmanship).
          Vida Universitaria. Guatemala, GTM: Editorial Universidad Rafael Landivar, 1982.

"Entre los dos" (Between us). La Hora, Guatemala, GTM, 1982.

"Isolda." La Hora, Guatemala, GTM, 1981.

Fiction:
Julia. Guatemala: FG Editores, March 2013.

Inocencia Perdida
. Novel. [Lost Innocence]. Ed. Raul Figueroa . FG editores,
          Guatemala. (forthcoming)

La Historia de Hans Zimmermann (The Story of Hans Zimmermann; Novel, p.
          1-351). Guatemala, GTM: Editorial Palo de Hormigo, 1999. (LOC Control
          No. NcChVTV775GT107).

María Isabel. (Novel, p. 1-332) Guatemala, GTM: Editorial Palo de Hormigo, 1996,
          (LOC Control No. 98136485).

Ya no me hago Pipí. Guatemala, GTM: Kelly, 1995. pp. 1-10.

Ya tengo un hermanito. Guatemala, GTM: Kelly, 1995. pp. 1-10.

Mi primera visita al Doctor. Guatemala, GTM: Kelly, 1995. pp. 1-11.

Ya voy al colegio. Guatemala: GTM: Kelly, 1995. pp. 1-10.

Mi primera mascota. Guatemala, GTM: Kelly, 1995. pp. 1-10.

Yo soy una econiña. Guatemala, GTM: Kelly, 1995. pp. 1-10.

Yo amo a mi país. Guatemala, GTM: Kelly, 1995. pp. 1-10.

Ya no le tengo miedo a la oscuridad. Guatemala, GTM: Kelly, 1995. pp. 1-10.

Ya me visto sola. Guatemala, GTM: Kelly, 1995. p. 1-11.

Mi primer amigo. Guatemala, GTM: Kelly, 1995. pp. 1-10.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals:
Don Quijote’s Woes: Challenges in Teaching Don Quijote in Translation”. Revista
          de
Historia de la traduccion 4 (2010).

Las arpias literarias: re-definiendo a la soledad y las mujeres”. [Redefining the
          Crone: Loneliness and Women]. Espéculo 44 (2009): n.p. Universidad
          Complutense de Madrid.

Nation Building, Utopia, and the Latin American Writer/Intellectual”.
          CLCWeb: Comparative Literature
and Culture 10.1:4 (2008): 1-8. .

“Catalina de Erauso—Basque Transvestite: Translating Genre”. Human Affairs.
          16.2 (2006): 170-178.

Chapters in Books:
“Miguel Ángel Asturias en Madrid: la edición española de Leyendas de Guatemala”.
          [Miguel Ángel Asturias in Madrid: the Spanish Edition of Legends of Guatemala],
          in
Viajeros, diplomáticos y exiliados: escritores hispanoamericanos en España
          1914-1939).
[Travelers, diplomats and exiles: Latin American Writers in Spain
          1914-1939]. Ed. Carmen Mora de Valcarcel, Alfonso García Morales. Wien:
          Peter Lang (2012).

“Of Utopias, Labyrinths and Unfulfilled Dreams in The General in his Labyrinth”.
          The Labyrinth.
  Bloom Literary Themes. Ed. Harold Bloom and Blake Hobby.
          New York: Chelsea House, 2009. 37-45.

“Of Labyrinths in The House of Spirits”. The Labyrinth. Bloom Literary Themes. Ed.
          Harold Bloom and Blake Hobby, New York: Chelsea House, 2009. 71-79.

“Waslala: Beyond Utopia”. Trans/Forming Utopias, 2 Vol. Bern, CHE: Peter
          Lang Publishers, 2009. II. 61-72. 

“Catalina de Erauso: Genio y figura hasta la sepultura”. [Till death Do us Apart:
          Personality and Temperament in Catalina de Erauso]. Ed. Carmenza Kline. Cajón
          de Textos
. Bogotá, COL: Universidad de Salamanca, 2007.139-148.

“Los intelectuales públicos en Centroamérica: Literatura, metaficción y tiranía en
          las novelas de dictadura”. [Public Intellectuals in Central America:
          Literature, Metafiction and Tyranny in the Novels of Dictatorship]. Ed. Carmenza
          Kline. Cajón de Textos. Bogotá, COL: Universidad de Salamanca, 2007.149-164.

"Cultura y Tierra en la mentalidad femenina”. [The concept of Culture and "Land" in
          the Female Psyche]. Cuadernos de Literatura Centroamericana. San Salvador,
          SLV: 1996.

Electronic Journals (Other than Literature) and Conference Proceedings:
El poder de la pluma: Los intelectuales latinoamericanos y la política”. [The Might of
          the Pen: Latin American Intellectuals and Politics]. Asociación para el Fomento
          de Estudios históricos en Centroaméric
a. Boletín 41, (2009): n.p. .

Paz, progreso, justicia y honradez: Das Ubico Regime in Guatemala 1931-1944”.
          [Peace, Progress, Justice and Honesty: The Ubico Regime]. (Journal of
          Latin American Studies
24.3, 2009: 695-696). [reprint of 1992 review].

“The Crisis of the Intellectual? Nation Building, Literature and Political Contributions
          in Latin America and Europe, A Comparative View”. Conference Proceedings: Inter:
          A European Cultural Studies Conference,
25.18 (2007): 159-167. .

“Paradoja”. [Paradox]. El Cid, volume XXV (Spring, 2004): p. xxvi-xxvii.

“La Soledad  y las Mujeres: Cuentos de Mujeres Solas”. [Loneliness and Women]
          (review). La Guía  Ap. 2004: 63.

"Cultura y Tierra en la mentalidad femenina”. Cuadernos de Literatura
          Centroamericana
. San Salvador, SLV: 1996.

Paz, progreso, justicia y honradez: Das Ubico Regime in Guatemala 1931-1944”.
          [Peace, Progress, Justice and Honesty: The Ubico Regime]. Journal of
          Latin American Studies
24.3, 1992: 695-696.

"Los renglones torcidos de Dios", [God's Crooked Penmanship]. (Review).
          Vida Universitaria
. Guatemala, GTM: Editorial Universidad Rafael Landivar, 1982. 

Invited Lectures:
“Retos de la enseñanza de la literatura latinoamericana en traducción”. [Challenges
          in Teaching Latin American Literature in Translation], Ministerio de Cultura
          y CONALIBRO, Guatemala, April 1, 2009.

“Hay Literatura Femenina….?” [Is there “Feminine Literature…’’?]. FILGUA.
          [Guatemalan International Book Fair], Coloquio de escritores invitados. [Panel
          of Guest Guatemalan Writers for the Guatemalan Book Fair].  Guatemala, July
          28, 2008.

Escritora Invitada. [Invited Writer]. FILGUA. [Guatemalan International Book Fair]. July
          25-August 3, 2008.

“Relevance of an Interdisciplinary Education in the Artistic Development of the
          Child”. Conservatorio para las Artes, Guatemala, GTM, May 17-26 2007.

“The Might of the Pen: Writers and Nation Building”. Lecture, George
          Washington University, March 26, 2007.

Guest Writer, AGA. [Guatemalan-American Association]: Miami Book Fair, November 2006.

Encuentro con Escritores, [Encounter with Writers]. Mountain Interstate Foreign
          Language Conference, Harrisonburg, October 11-13, 2006.

“Mujeres en la Revolución Mexicana: Intelectuales y Soldaderas”. [Women and the
          Mexican Revolution: Intellectuals and Soldaderas]. Conference at the Instituto
          Ortega y Gasset, Madrid, ESP, June 1, 2005.

Other Lectures and Presentations:
“The ‘Accidental’ Maya”. College English Association, Saint Petersburg, FL. March
          31, 2011.

“Asturias y la Violencia en Leyendas de Guatemala”. 61st MFLIC, Roanoke, VA,
          30 September, 2010.

“El poder de la pluma: La literatura y la nación”. [The Might of the Pen: Literature
          and Nation]. LASA (Latin American Studies AssociatiON), Rio de Janeiro, BRA,
          June 12, 2009.

“Exploring Magical Realism in the Context of an Interdisciplinary Approach to
          Literary Readings”. College English Association, Pittsburg, March 28, 2009.

“Witches, Bitches, Harpies and Crones: Literary Mis-Representations of Women”.
          Third Congress of  the Americas. Mexico, October 9, 2008.

“Utopias en Waslala”. [Utopias in Waslala]. FILGUA [Guatemalan International Book
          Fair], Guatemala, July 28, 2008.

“Passing Culture: Issues in Translation”. College English Association, Saint
          Louis, Missouri, March 28, 2008.

“Challenges in Teaching Don Quixote in Translation: A Case Study”. MLA,
          Chicago, December 29, 2007.

“La alemanización espiritual de la novela en América latina”.[The Spiritual
          Germanification of the Novel in Latin America] . Mountain Foreign
          Languages Interstate Conference, Roanoke, VA, October 12, 2007.

“Las Medusas de la Literatura: Cuentos de mujeres solas”.[The Medusas of
          Literature: Stories of Lonely Women]. LASA, (Latin American Studies
          Association) Montreal, September 7, 2007.

“The Crisis of the Intellectual? Nation Building, Literature and Political Contributions
          in Latin America and Europe, A Comparative View”. Inter: A European
          Cultural Studies Conference: Linkoping University, SWE, June 11, 2007.

“An Epistemological Approach to Magical Realism: Literature and Cognition, Empathy
          and Identity in Latin American Writers”. College English Association, New
          Orleans, April 12-14, 2007.

“Literature and Tyranny: The Metafictional Historiography in Arévalo Martínez and
          Asturias”. Seventh Conference of Hispanic Literature, Cancún, MEX, March 7-9, 2007.

“U-topias: The Metafictional “States” of Belli, Asturias and Arévalo-Martínez”.
          Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, Harrisonburg, October
          11-13, 2006.

“Los intelectuales públicos en Centroamérica: Literatura, meta-ficción y tiranía en
          las novelas de dictadura”. [Public Intellectuals in Latin America, Tyranny,
          Metafiction and Literature in Dictatorship Novels].Third Central American Congress
          in History, Antigua Guatemala, GTM, July 10-14, 2006.

“Waslala: Beyond U-topia”. Seventh International Utopia Conference, Tarragona,
          ESP, July 6-8, 2006.

“Waslala: Gioconda Belli’s Vision of a Brave New World”. College English Association,
          San Antonio, Texas, April 8, 2006.

"Nation Building and Utopia: Latin America's Public Intellectuals' view of the State,"
          Utopian Studies Society 6th International Conference, New Lanark, GBR, 30
          June-2 July 2005.

"Re-pensando a las brujas: La Soledad y Las Mujeres" (Redefining the Crone:
          Women and Loneliness). Seminar for the Master de Estudios
          Latinoamericanos, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, ESP, 18-22 April 2005.

Chair: Public Intellectuals in Latin America. III Hawaii International Conference on Arts
          and Humanities, Honolulu January 13-16, 2005.

"Genero y Figura hasta la sepultura: Catalina de Erauso, La Monja Alferez" (Genre
          and Figure unto the grave: Catalina of Erauso, Lieutenant Nun). III
          Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, January
          13-16, 2005.

"Public Intellectuals in Latin America: The convergence of the Political and the
          Academic." Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities,
          Honolulu, January 13-16, 2005.

"Catalina de Erauso in Translation: Basque Transvestite or Woman Soldier?"
          Paper presented at the Fourth Bi-annual Conference of Literature and
          Spanish Cinema, Florida International University, Miami, February 26, 2004.

"Diálogo con escritores guatemaltecos" (Dialogue with Guatemalan Writers).
          Moderador: Max Araujo, Extensión Universitaria de la Universidad San Carlos
          de Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala, GTM, June 18, 2000.

"La percepción de la maldad en la naturaleza femenina" (The Perception of Women
          as Evil). Paper presented at the Congreso Internacional de
          Literatura Centroamericana, Antigua Guatemala, GTM, March 3, 2000.

"Dorotea: An example of the New Woman of the Renaissance?" Paper presented at
          the Women's Studies Graduate Student Association Annual Conference,
          Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, March 19,1999.

"Cultura y Tierra en la mentalidad femenina" (The concept of Culture and "Land" in
          the female Psyche). Paper presented at the Congreso Internacional de
          Literatura Centroamericana, San Salvador, ESV, March, 1996.

"Los problemas del niño excepcional" (The problems of the "exceptional
          child"). Asociación de Damas Diplomáticas, La Paz, BOL, June 15, 1989.

"La fenomenología de Husserl" (Husserl's Phenomenology). Universidad
          Francisco Marroquín, Department of Psychology, Guatemala, GTM, April 28, 1985.

"Más allá del Bien y del Mal: Federico Nietzsche" (Nietzsche: Beyond Good and
          Evil). Asociación Intelectual "La llave literaria", Galeria de Arte Z'unún,
          Guatemala, GTM, June 26, 1985.

"El análisis transaccional aplicado a la enseñanza: El caso Sumerhill"
          (Transactional Analysis applied to teaching: Summerhill). Colegio
          Valleverde, Guatemala, GTM, January 7, 1985.

"La mente mágica en el niño de tres años" (The magical Mind of 3 year olds).
          Colegio Valleverde, Guatemala, GTM, January 6, 1985.

Public Appearances:
CNN International, Interviewed in television: The Bolivia crisis, June 8th 2005.

I have been a frequent guest of “Cita con Enrique Cordoba,” a Spanish Radio
          program during 2004-2005. Among the topics I covered were gender,
          economy, culture, film, literature, current events and Latin American politics.
                    El papel de los Intelectuales en Latinoamérica (The Role of Intellectuals
                             in Latin America), January 22
                   La Soledad y las Mujeres I, (Loneliness and Women), March 8
                    La Soledad y las Mujeres II: Cuentos de mujeres solas, (Loneliness
                             and Women: Tales of single women), March 10
                    Guatemala: Política, Economía y Cultura, (Guatemala: Politics, Economy
                             and Culture), March 18
                   Mediocridad y Corrupción: Males que aquejan a Latinoamérica, (Mediocrity
                             and Corruption: Evils stalking Latin America), April 12
                    Berlín: Cultura, Economía y Politica, (Berlin: Economy, Culture and Politics),
                             May 12
                    Troya: Hollywood re-escribe La Iliada y La Odisea y algunos mitos
                             más Homero (y nosotros) no conocíamos (Troy: Hollywood re-writes
                             the Homer we never knew existed), May 24
                    El mundo de Hoy, (Today's World), August 18
                    El código Da Vinci: Mitos y falsedades: Irregularidades históricas,(Da
                             Vinci Code: The truth behind the Myth), September 1
                    Psicoanálisis. (Psychoanalysis), March 8
                    Mundo Actual: Londres. (Current Events: London), May 20
Excellencen und Residenzen (Excellencies and Residencies): Interview for television
          in German taped in Berlin by ZDF, aired 2003.

Editing:
James Madison University
Reviewer, Hispania (2009)
Reviewer, College Literature (2008)
Founder, Editor and Advisor, Hopscotch  Children’s Literature Journal (2008-present)        
Editor and Advisor, MacGuffin Film Journal (2008-present)

Florida Atlantic University
Contributing Editor FACS (Florida Atlantic Comparative Studies magazine)
          (2004)                                        
Dicho y Hecho (Spanish Language teaching text). Acknowledged as a collaborator/
          editor for the seventh edition. Wiley, 2005.  

Teaching Experience:
James Madison University (2005- present)
Associate Professor of English (World Literature, Creative Writing and
          Interdisciplinary Studies)
Interdisciplinary seminars for IDLS, Magical Realism, Art and Psychoanalysis
General education, Introductory World Literature surveys and History of the Novel

Major Courses
Creative Writing courses, fiction, script writing, children’s short stories, and drama Contemporary Latin American authors, Introduction to Film, Children’s Literature, Film
          and Literature courses, Film as narrative
Graduate Seminars, Psychoanalysis and Literature and Female Narrative, “Re-defining
          the Crone: Loneliness and Women”

Study Abroad
Director: “Art and Culture in Madrid” Program
Latin American and Spanish Authors in translation
Spanish Language and Culture courses



 

 
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