Andrea R. Colvin
Associate Professor of Modern Foreign Languages
B.A., University of Delaware
M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
Born and raised in northern Germany, Andrea Colvin came to the United States in 1995, where she began to study Spanish and fell in love with the language and the cultures of the Hispanic world. She is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages & Cultures, where she teaches courses in Spanish language and Latin American literature, culture and film.
Her main area of research deals with how the military dictatorships that occurred in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay in the 1970s/80s are remembered and represented through literature and film. Her research thus draws on memory and trauma studies as well as the intersection of history and fiction. Since spending her sabbatical in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2016, during the 40th anniversary of the military coup, she has broadened her research to include the voices of the post-dictatorship generation, that is, those who came of age or were born after the end of the dictatorships. She has published several articles on works by the Uruguayan author Mauricio Rosencof and has presented numerous papers at conferences, both nationally and abroad.
In her upper level classes Professor Colvin and her students explore, among other things, the use of the child’s perspective in Latin American literature and film as well as the search for a sense of (national) identity that characterizes much of Latin America’s cultural production since achieving independence, taking into account questions related to race, gender, ethnic variations and cultural imperialism.
Areas of Interest/Expertise
20th Century Latin American Narrative (Southern Cone)