photo Carmen Serrano

Carmen Serrano

Assistant Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies


Degree/Institution: PhD University of California, Irvine
Office: HU 227
Phone: (518) 442-4222/4100
Email: cserrano4@albany.edu

 

Academic Focus

Research: 20th – 21st century Latin American narrative; Magical Realism, the Fantastic, and the Gothic in Latin American literature; Transatlantic Studies; Latin American Historical Fiction; U.S. Latina and Latino Literature and Cultural Studies. 

Teaching: History and the Novel in Latin American Literature,
The Novel of the Mexican Revolution, Latin American Literature: Illusion, Fantasy, and Magical Realism, From Novel to Film: Latin American Texts on the Big Screen, Myth, Apparitions and the Haunted in Latin American Literature, Introduction to Latin American Short Story.

Bio

Carmen Serrano’s body of research focuses on limits and borders. As a scholar of twentieth and twenty-first Latin American and U.S. Latino literature and culture, she analyzes the ways in which literature and films manifest monstrous and deviant bodies: the human and the nonhuman, the corporeal and the spectral, and the dead and the undead. She examines how these bodies, either support or undermine social hierarchies. In particular, she analyzes the ways in which the monstrous and the spectral embody fears and anxieties that speak to a specific cultural moment. In addition to her studies on themes of the supernatural and the fantastic, Serrano also writes about the novel of the Mexican Revolution and US Latino literature. Her articles that reflect these themes include: “Duplicitous Vampires Annihilating Tradition in Froylán Turcios’s El vampiro”; “Gallo-Gallina: Gender Performance and the Androgynous Imagination in Elena Poniatowska’s Hasta no verte Jesús mío”; and “Revamping Dracula on the Mexican Silver Screen in Fernando Méndez’s El vampiro.”

Research Interests

The otherworldly, the fantastic and the gothic mode in Latin American literature
The novel of the Mexican Revolution
Representation of the female body in Latin American Literature
Theories of haunting
Indigenous Studies

Courses Taught

Literature and Culture of the Borderlands
Indigenismo
20th Century Spanish American Literature
The Fantastic and the Otherworldly
Latinos in the United States
Introduction to Literary Methods
The Novel of the Mexican Revolution
Hispanic Literature in Translation Online Course

Publications

Books

  • Serrano, Carmen. Gothic Imagination in Latin American Fiction and Film. University of New Mexico Press (Forthcoming 2019).
  • Serrano, Carmen. Ghosting and Un-ghosting Indigenous Cultures: Yaquis’ Absence and Re-emergence in Literature. University of New Mexico Press (Advance Contract).

Articles and Book Chapters

  • Serrano, Carmen, “Ghosting Indigenous Cultures: Yaquis’ Near Absence in Literature of the Mexican Revolution.” Journal of the Southwest (Forthcoming 2019)
  • Serrano, Carmen, “Mapping the Zombie: Diego Velázquez Betancourt’s Newfangled Zombie in La noche que asolaron Tokio.” Romance Notes 58.2 (Forthcoming, Summer 2018)
  • Serrano, Carmen. “Duplicitous Vampires Annihilating Tradition in Froylán Turcios’s El vampiro.” In Latin American Gothic, edited by Sandra Casanova-Vizcaíno and Inés Ordiz, 71-83. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • Serrano, Carmen, “Gallo-Gallina: Gender Performance and the Androgynous Imagination in Elena Poniatowska’s Hasta no verte Jesús mío.” In Performing Ethnicity, Performing Gender: Transcultural Perspectives, edited by Bettina Hoffman and Monika Mueller, 133-149. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Serrano, Carmen, “Revamping Dracula on the Mexican Silver Screen in Fernando Méndez’s El vampiro.” In Vampires and Zombies: Transcultural Migrations and Transnational Interpretations, edited by Dorothea Fischer-Hornung and Monika Mueller, 149-167. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2016.
  • Serrano, Carmen, “Murky Shadows: Revisiting the Caudillo in Sombra de la sombra by Paco Ignacio Taibo II.” AlterTexto 6 (June–December 2014): 6-19.
  • Serrano, Carmen, “El vampiro en el espejo: Elementos góticos en Yo el supremo.” Revista Iberoamericana 76, no. 232-233 (July 2010): 899-912.