Brian Gollnick

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Brian Gollnick
Associate Professor
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I am from the Pacific Northwest, a part of the world I deeply love, and my education came entirely through public institutions. My BA in Comparative Literature is from the University of Washington in Seattle and my PhD in Literature is from the University of California in San Diego. Through no fault of my own, I was able to study with amazing faculty members in a variety of fields at both institutions and I owe a tremendous debt to my mentors and teachers there. I have published one book: "Redefining the Lacandón: Subaltern Representations in the Rain Forest of Chiapas" (University of Arizona Press, 2008), a study of how indigenous populations in the jungle of southern Mexico have been depicted in a variety of media since the time of the conquest. There are also several articles on my CV related to Mexican culture, Latin American literature, and approaches to Latin American cultural studies. Most of my work and long-term experience abroad has been in Mexico, another part of the world I deeply love, but my current research relates to political culture in the United States and its engagement with Latin America around the issue of torture. I have been at the University of Iowa since 1999.


Higher Education
1998 - PhD in Literature, University of California, San Diego
1996 - MA in Spanish, University of California, San Diego
1992 - BA in Comparative Literature, University of Washington (Seattle)

Professional and Academic Positions

2006-present - Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

1999-2006 - Assistant Professor Spanish & Portuguese, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


Modern Latin American literature, including: Spanish American Literature, Modern Mexico, Narratives of Underdevelopment, Juan Rulfo (undergraduate) and Latin American Literary & Cultural Theory, Spanish American Novel (1900-1960), Spanish American Novel (1960-present) Latin American Subaltern Studies (graduate seminar).


2006-08 - U. Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean's Scholar

1996-97 - Andrew W Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities

1992-1994 - Andrew W Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities

SCHOLARSHIP Subaltern Representations in Chiapas and the Lacandón Jungle


2008 - Reinventing the Lacandón: Subaltern Representations in Chiapas and the Lacandón Jungle. University of Arizona Press.


2007 - "La guerra de alta intensidad: hacia una poética solidaria en John Silas Reed." Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 66: 113-31.

2005 - "Silent Idylls, Double Lives: Sex and the City in Salvador Novo's La estutua de sal." Mexican Studies / Estudios Mexicanos 21.5: 231-50.

2003 - "'El color justo de la patria': agencia discursiva en El entenado de Juan José Saer," Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 57: 107-24.

1999 - "El ciclón de Chiapas: el desarrollo reciente del indigenismo mexicano Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana. 49: 199-216.

Book Chapters

2006 - "Un mundo circular: la hegemonía autoritaria a partir de Amor perdido." El arte de la ironía: Carlos Monsiváis ante la crítica, Mabel Moraña and Ignacio Sánchez-Prado, eds. Mexico City: Ediciones Era. Forth-coming.

2005 - "The Regional Novel and Beyond." Cambridge Companion to the Latin American Novel, Efraín Kristal, ed. Cambridge University Press. 44-58.

2003 - "Approaches to Latin American Literature." A Companion to Latin American Studies, Philip Swanson, ed.. Arnold Publishers. 107-21.

Review Essays:

2004 - "History on Edge: María Josefina Salaña-Portillo's Revolutionary Imaginatio." A Contracorriente (Raleigh, NC) 1.2. 107-22.

2002 "Latin American US? (On Stavans's Essential Ilán Stavans and Hopscotch)." Minnesota Review. 55-57 337-44.

1999 Contested Ground: Comparative Frontiers on the Northern and Southern Edges of the Spanish Empire. Reviewed for the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies (3) 270-71.


2004 - "De solicitudes e ilicitudes: El gallo de oro de Juan Rulfo y los estudios de lo subalterno." Instituto Pensar, Universidad Javeriana. Bogotá, Colombia. November 24th.

2000 - "Rulfo en voz menor: textos sociales y autobiográficos en 'Diles que no me maten.'" Instituto de Estudios Literarios, Universidad de los Andes. Mérida, Venezuela, May. Also presented at the Universidad de los Andes branch campus in Trujillo, Venezuela.

2006 - "Zapatista Discourse: Reading Subcomandante Marcos." University of Washington (Seattle). January 13th.

2002 - "On the Threshold of Tomorrow: Imagining the Maya." Wellesley College. March 11th.

Conference Presentations

2006 - "Rebels with a Cause Célèbre: la revolución literaria del subcomandante Marcos." Latin American Studies Association. San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 15th-18th.

2004 - "'La peor de todas y por gusto: Diablo guardián de Xavier Velasco y las tretas del fuerte." Latin American Studies Association. Las Vegas, Nevada. October 7th-9th.

2003 - "Espectros del poder: relecturas de la ciudad letrada." Latin American Studies Association. Dallas, Texas. April 27th-29th.

2002 - "La patria perdida: agencia discursiva en El entenado de Juan José Saer." Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana. Iowa City, July 2-6th.

2001 - "Natalia's Lament: New Approaches to the Female Subaltern in Juan Rulfo." Modern Language Association. New Orleans, December 27th-29th. Session Chair.

2001 - "The Bleeding Horizon: Subaltern Representation in Mexico's Neo-Indigenista Literature." Latin American Studies Association. Washington, DC. September 6-8.

2000 - "Recalcitrant Sources: Latin American Subaltern Studies, the Case of Tomóchic." Middle American Conference on Hispanic Literature. Madison, Wisconsin. September 21-23.

2000 - "Onda y re-escritura: Global Cultures and Narrative Arts." Margo Glantz Symposium. Iowa City, Iowa. April 27th, 2000.

1999 - "The Destruction of Lacan-Tum: The Probanza de méritos as a Source of Subaltern History." Modern Language Association Convention, December 27th-30th, Chicago, Illinois.

1999 - "Autoethnography and the Politics fo Representation in Contemporary Chiapas." Modern Language Association Convention, December 27th-30th, Chicago, Illinois.

1998 - "Brother Guillén's Lament: Reading for the Subaltern on the Margins of the Maya Region, 1695." Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction, April 3rd-4th, Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

1997 - "'Even Better Than the Real Thing': polifonía y parodia en la literatura de la insurrección chiapaneca." Criticism and Art in Mexico, April 4th-5th, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California. Published in Torre de papel 9.2 (1999) 133-41.