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Denisse Lazo-Gonzalez

  • Lecturer in Spanish Studies

  • Module Convenor

  • Spanish Year Abroad Coordinator

Office

Miller 101

Building location

Miller building

Areas of interest

  • The politics of fiction
  • Chilean literature
  • Latin American film
  • Narrative and film form
  • Feminist political theory
  • Latin American gender studies

My research interests lie in the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between fiction and politics, with special focus on representations of women’s political status in the Latin American context. My methodology acknowledges a dynamic dialogue between fiction, ideology and a certain social imaginary, incorporating historical, political, and cultural perspectives. I am interested in an analysis of fiction that recognises its socio-historical connections but is also centred on a close reading of form (narrative and film).

Before moving to the academia, I worked for nearly 10 years as a Research Assistant at the Gender Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Cepal); hence my interest in interdisciplinary methods and contributions from the humanities and social sciences to approach form and context. Currently, I am working on research that examines the relationship between film form, gender, race, and other social issues such as class and time use in the Latin American context.

Teaching

I co-teach the following language and content modules:

  • SP2/3L4: ‘Advanced Spanish Language II’
  • SP1I1: ‘Icons of Spain and Latin America’
  • SP1SLAC: ‘Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Culture’

Also, I teach and convene: 

  • SP1L1: ‘Beginners Spanish Language’
  • LA1PS3: ‘IWLP Spanish 3’.

Academic qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Modern Languages (Spanish), University of Oxford.
  • Master of Studies in Women’s Studies, University of Oxford.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Gender Studies and Public Policies, Universidad de Chile.
  • Licenciatura en lengua y literatura inglesas, Universidad de Chile.

Selected publications