Vicky Unruh received her B.A. and M.A.T. from Antioch College and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Her teaching and research encompass the literary and intellectual culture of Spanish America from the late nineteenth century until the present, with particular attention to narrative, theatre, and performance; the interwar avant-gardes in Latin America; and Cuban literary and cultural production. Her books include Telling Ruins in Latin America (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009, co-edited with Michael J. Lazzara), Performing Women and Modern Literary Culture in Latin America (U of Texas Press, 2006); and Latin American Vanguards: The Art of Contentious Encounters (U of California Press, 1994).
Her numerous chapters and articles have appeared in critical collections in the U.S. and abroad and in top journals in the field. She has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) University Fellowship and research support from the Tinker and Danforth foundations, the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas, and the Center for Twentieth-Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2010-2011, she held the AMUW Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies at Marquette University. At KU she has received the Louise Byrd Graduate Educator Award, the Self-Fellowship Graduate Mentor Achievement Award, and the Center for Teaching Excellence Recognition for Graduate Teaching. She has served on the editorial boards of PMLA, Latin American Research Review, and Revista Iberoamericana.
Her current project examines the critical recasting of the discourse of the Cuban Revolution in turn-of-the-millennium Cuban literature and film. Recent dissertators working with Unruh have focused on the body in contemporary Cuban and Mexican fiction, film, and performance; corporality, gastronomy, and identity in Cuban and Cuban American literature, film, and performance; melancholy and nostalgia in late twentieth century Argentine theatre; women writers in Pinochet and post-Pinochet Chile; the outsider in Argentine fiction and film (1980-1996); and racial hybridity in Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Brazilian fiction and poetry of the avant-gardes. Current doctoral advisees are working on cultural representations of the Andean diaspora; representations of 19th-Century historical and fictional figures in contemporary Cuba, linked in particular to discourses of race; cityscapes in turn-of-the-millennium Mexican and Cuban narrative and film; women and violence in contemporary Guatemalan performance; discourses of modernity in Mexican fiction and journalism (1895-1910); and representations of the Shining Path period in recent Peruvian fiction and film. Unruh has also served as an external reader for dissertations on Latin America’s avant-gardes by doctoral candidates at Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers University, Columbia University, and Georgetown University.
Last updated on November 16, 2011.