Verónica Garibotto

Associate Professor
On leave Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
Primary office:
2614 Wescoe


Verónica Garibotto received her "Licenciatura en Letras" from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and her MA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining KU, she taught at Queen's University in Canada. Her research addresses the links among culture (literature and film), history, and politics in 19th to 21st-century Latin America, especially in the Southern Cone. She is particularly interested in how historicity and ideology intersect with culture and in theoretical perspectives that combine a close textual analysis with a broader political reading.

Garibotto’s book Crisis y reemergencia: el siglo XIX en la ficción contemporánea de Argentina, Chile y Uruguay (Purdue University Press, 2015) explores the crisis of the nineteenth century as a discursive and ideological formation after the 1990s and its manifestations in literary fiction. She is now completing a book manuscript that re-examines traditional approaches to testimonial cinema (trauma theory and subaltern studies), proposes an alternative approach at the intersection of semiotics and theories of affect, and analyzes Argentine post-dictatorship testimonial films produced between 1983 and 2015 from the latter standpoint. She has co-edited with Jorge Pérez The Latin American Road Movie (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and has published articles on the contemporary representation of history in journals such as Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Revista Iberoamericana, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Hispanic Research Journal, Latin American Literary Review, and A contracorriente.

Garibotto has received the Vice Chancellor for Research Book Publication Award for Crisis y reemergencia, the 2014 Junior Faculty Teaching Award from the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the 2015-2018 Cramer Root Professorship for excellence in research and teaching, and a Hall Center Residential Fellowship for the Spring 2017. Graduate students working with her are researching topics such as representations of Nazism in Mexican and Argentine literature, identity and memory in indigenous film, identity and spatial displacements in Latin American travel narratives, and Argentine popular culture.


19th - 21st century Latin American literature and film; Southern Cone culture, history, and politics; cultural and literary theory; film theory;  cultural Marxism; post-colonial and subaltern studies; theories of affect; semiotics; critical perspectives on trauma theory, memory studies, and psychoanalysis.

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