Christine Arce

Assistant Professor of Spanish


  • -PhD, University of California, Berkeley 2008
  • -MA, Political Science, Cal-State University, 2001
  • -MA, Middlebury College, 2000
  • -BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1996 

Research Interests

  • -19th and 20th century Latin America literature and cultural studies- Mexico, Caribbean, Brazil
  • -Gender and Women’s Studies 
  • -Race and Indigeneity
  • -Mexican and Brazilian Folklore 

Selected Publications

  • -Mexico’s Nobodies (Book manuscript)
  • -“Entre la Habana y Veracruz: Toña la Negra and the Transnational Circuits of música tropical”, in Archipelagos of Sound: Transnational Caribbeanities, Women and Music, ed. Ifeona Fulani, University of the West Indies Press, forthcoming june 2011.
  • -“La fe disfrazada y la complicidad del deseo.” Lecciones de errancia: Mayra Santos-Febres y el Caribe contemporáneo. eds. Nadia Celis, Juan Pablo Rivera, Editorial Isla Negra de Puerto Rico, forthcoming January 2011.
  • -“Time, Senses and Landscape: The Workings of Memory in Two Novels by Milton Hatoum.” Arquitetura da Memória: Ensaios sobre os romances Relato de um certo oriente, Dois Irmãos e Cinzas do Norte de Milton Hatoum, Organizer Maria da Luz Pinheiro de Cristo. Manaus, Brazil: Editora da Universidade do Amazonas / UNINORTE,  2007.


Courses Taught

  • -¿Vive la revolución? Literature and Art of the Mexican Revolution (graduate and undergraduate)
  • -Musical Literature: Intertexuality Between Music, Literature and Film
  • -Bandits, Fanatics, and the Idea of Death in Mexico and Brazil
  • -Decadent and Captive Bodies: Introduction to 20th Century Latin American   Literature
  • -Cultural Encounters: Introduction to Latin American Civilization and Culture




  • On February 18th, Dr. Christine Arce, as a part of Black History Month and in collaboration with Dr. Edmund Abaka of Africana studies, invited Dr. Julio Ramos to present three short films by Afro-Cuban experiemental filmmaker, painter and poet, Nicolás Guillén Landrián (1938 in Camagüey, Cuba - July 23, 2003 in Miami, Florida). Trained at the ICAIC (the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry) as a documentarian, his iconoclastic work soon clashed with the official revolutionary culture in the early 1960´s leading to his expulsion from the ICAIC in 1972. He was exiled to Miami in 1989 where he remained an outspoken critic of racism and consumerism in the US. He died of cancer at Miami´s Mercy Hospital in 2003. His work reflects a radical and complex aesthetic sensibility.

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