Staff in the Department of Hispanic Studies
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Dr Kerstin Oloff
Teaching and Research
I hold an MA in English and Comparative Literary Studies from Warwick University, where I also undertook my doctoral studies funded by the AHRC. In my research, I combine a regionalist approach to the cultures of the Caribbean with my interest in the larger fields of postcolonial and world literatures. I have engaged with postcolonial debates in a Latin American context (in "Representation and Rupture in the Age of Globalization" (2011)), 'greening' world literary approaches ("Greening’ the Zombie: Caribbean Gothic, World-Ecology, and Socio-Ecological Degradation" (2012)), and comparative approaches to Caribbean cultures (Perspectives on the Other America, co-edited with M. Niblett (2009)).
At Durham, I teach on various courses, including the second-year module 'Latin American Texts' and the final-year module 'The Cultures of the Hispanic Caribbean'. I am happy to supervise research students working on the cultures of the Caribbean and Mexico. I am particularly interested in eco-materialism and world-ecology, feminism and gender studies, world-literature and postcolonial studies, as well as the gothic.
- Ecology - Convenor
- Caribbean Studies
- Latin American Studies
- Postcolonial Theory
- Feminism and Gender Studies
- Modernism and Postmodernism
- 2016 'Masculinity after Trujillo: The Politics of Gender in Dominican Literature. By Maja Horn. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. 2014', pp. 891-892
- 2015 'Narratives of Migration and Displacement in Dominican Literature, by Danny Méndez', Bulletin of Spanish Studies XCII.
- 2012 'Elusive Origins: The Enlightenment in the Modern Caribbean Historical Imagination. 2010. x + 230 pp', NWIG 86.
- 2007 '(Review article) Private Topographies: Space,Subjectivity, and Political Change in Latin America by Marzena Grezegorczyk', Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 31, pp. 378-380
Chapter in book
- 2018 'From "Section 936" to "Junk": Neoliberalism, Ecology and Puerto Rican Literature', in Deckard, Sharae & Shapiro, Stephen (eds.), Cold Times: Neoliberalism, Culture and Discontent, Palgrave.
- 2017 'Marie Vieux Chauvet's World-Gothic: Commodity Frontiers, "Cheap Natures" and the Monstrous-Feminine', in Casanova-Vizcaíno, S. & Ordiz, I. (eds.), Latin American Gothic in Literature and Culture: Transposition, Hybridization, Tropicalization, Routledge.
- 2016 'The 'Monstrous Head' and the 'Mouth of Hell': The Gothic Ecologies of the 'Mexican Miracle'', in Anderson, Mark & Bora, Zelia (eds.), Ecological Crisis and Cultural Representation in Latin America, Lexington.
- 2016 'Zombies, Gender and World-Ecology: Gothic Narratives in the work of Ana Lydia Vega and Mayra Montero', in Campbell, Chris & Niblett, Michael (eds.), The Caribbean: Aesthetics, World-ecology, Politics, Liverpool University Press, pp. 46-62
- 2014 'Towards the World-Zombie: The Monstrous, the 'Human' and the Dominican-Haitian Frontier in Malas Hierbas and 'Monstro'', in Fouz-Hernández, Santiago & Cairns, Lucille (eds.), Re-thinking Identities: Cultural Articulations of Alterity and Resistance in the New Millenium, Peter Lang, pp. 189-212
- 2012 '¿‘El hábito hace al monje’?: Cross-dressing, Gender and Sexuality in Benitez-Rojo’s Mujer en traje de batalla', in Fumagalli, Maria Cristina. & Ledent, Bénedicte. (eds.), The Cross-dressed Caribbean: Sexual Politics after Binarism, University of Virginia Press.
- 2011 '"La muerte de Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes."', in Blanco, Maria del Pilar, Bollig, Ben & Levey, Cara (eds.), The Literary Encyclopedia, The Literary Dictionary Company.
- 2009 'Wilson Harris and Postcolonial Theory', in Oloff, Kerstin. & Niblett, Michael. (eds.), Perspectives on the “Other America', Rodopi.
- 2007 'Entries for “Literature: Representations of Blacks in British Literature” and “Vanity Fair.”', in Dabydeen, David. Gilmore, John. & Jones, Cecily. (eds.), Oxford Companion to Black British History, Oxford University Press, pp. 260-263; 499.
- 2009 (co-edited with Niblett, Michael.) Perspectives on the 'other America': comparative approaches to Caribbean and Latin American culture, Rodopi, 270 pp.
- 2018 'From the novela de la caña to Junot Díaz's 'cake-eater': World-Literature, the World Food System and the Dominican Republic', Atlantic Studies
- 2017 'Sugar to Oil: The Ecology of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968)', Journal of Postcolonial Writing 53, pp. 316-328
- 2012 ''Greening the zombie': Caribbean Gothic, World-Ecology and Socio-ecological Degradation', Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 16, pp. 31-45
- 2011 'Representation and Rupture in the Age of Globalization: Narrative Strategies in Manlio Argueta's Cuzcatlán donde bate la mar del sur and the Debate on Subalternity', Revista Hispánica Moderna 64, pp. 149-165
- 2011 'Terra Nostra and the Rewriting of the Modern Subject: Archetypes, Myth, and Selfhood', Latin American Research Review 46, pp. 3-20
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- 2012 (co-authored with Cabiya, Pedro) '“Lo humano es una historia, un cuento de hadas” entrevista a Pedro Cabiya', La Habana elegante
- 2010 (trans.). Rodríguez, N. E., Divergent Dictions: Contemporary Dominican Literature (Escrituras de desencuentro en la República Dominicana.). Caribbean Studies Press
- 2005: HRC fellow
- 2005: Lord Rootes Memorial Fund
- 2003: AHRC fellow (3 years)