Ana Rodríguez Navas, ph.d.
Born in Venezuela and raised in Caracas, Trinidad and the United States, I completed my undergraduate studies at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas before moving to France, where I studied comparative literature and literature of the Americas at the Université de Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle. I left Paris for New Jersey in 2004, and spent the next several years at Princeton University, where I completed an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature.
My research focuses on Hispanic Caribbean, U.S. Latino and Latin American literatures of the 20th and 21st centuries. I am especially interested in transnational literary exchanges, literary confluence, and in the intersections between postcolonial theory, , translation studies, and national and diaspora literatures. Other interests include film studies; Anglophone, Francophone and Russian literature and film; exile and diaspora theory; and narrative theory.
Much of my recent research has focused on the work of Guillermo Cabrera Infante, whose novels, essays and screenplays I read as articulating a coherent theory of art and narrative that explores the place of the individual reader in the global age. Through his texts, I have reflected upon practices such as cultural and linguistic translation, rewriting and gossip, and have established literary and critical dialogues between writers such as Rosario Ferré, Junot Díaz, Jorge Luis Borges, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde.
My current book project explores gossip's place in the literature of the Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora. Reading recent works by Caribbean and U.S. Latino writers, I construct a Caribbean theory of gossip, and demonstrate the region's contributions to the study of gossip as a narrative practice. Viewed against the Caribbean's history of colonialism, authoritarianism and social upheaval, gossip becomes a vital and urgent practice: a shifting narrative form that operates alternately -- and sometimes simultaneously -- as a mechanism of social regulation, and as a tool for subversion, resistance and self-actualization.
As an Assistant Professor of Spanish at UNCP, I teach various courses on Latin American, U.S. Latino and Caribbean literature, film and visual arts, as well as Spanish language. My door is always open for UNCP students!
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