Rodolfo Guzmán
Associate Professor of Spanish

Rodolfo Guzmán teaches a variety of courses, with a special focus on the literature and film of Latin America. His own research interests include the cultural and political production of the Criollos (a socio-racial stratum that originated during colonial times) in the Americas as well as the deconstruction of new historical novels and popular entertainments.

My research interests include the cultural and political production of the Criollos (a socio-racial stratum that originated during colonial times) in the Americas, the Afro-Hispanic's experience, the Indigenous narratives of the Andean region, and the deconstruction of the historical discourse through the new historical novels and popular performances.

Of his students Rodolfo says, “their passion for learning and questioning the status quo always stimulates my daily life as a college professor, and promotes my own intellectual growth and professional development.”

Contact Info

Campus Mail
Drawer 23

Phone
765-983-1532

E-mail
guzmaro@earlham.edu

Office
225 Carpenter Hall

Office Hours
Anytime you see my door open, you're welcome to come in. The best time to find me is early in the morning or you can just contact me for an appointment.

Programs/Departments

  • Languages & Literatures
  • International Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A., University of Maryland
  • B.D., Universite Pedagogica Nacional

Selected Courses:

SPAN 416 FILM, HISTORIA Y FICCION — This course offers an introduction to Latin American literary and cinematic interpretation of historical events and national aspirations. We will explore and analyze how some novels and films from Latin America incorporate in their narratives topics such as slavery, national heroes, modernization, gender and sexuality, class struggles, emigration and popular culture. We will discuss how these texts produce knowledge about the past and how they reproduce or confront hegemonic discourses. The class will be conducted in Spanish.   

SPAN 418 TOPICS IN COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA: WONDER, WRITING AND POSSESSING  — An examination of iconographic, historical and poetic texts of Latin American Colonial times and its cultural significance in what is called the "Invention of America."  What cultural paradigms about Indians, Nature and Europeans were established in the first texts after the "discovery" until the 17th century? How did the colonizer envision and control the new territories? This course will answer such questions through a multi-disciplinary analysis of maps, book illustrations, and an anthology of colonial texts (the readings and class discussions will be conducted in Spanish).

In my current research project I am studying the representation and evaluation of the Colonial period in 19th century historical novels. I am also interested in the cultural and political implications of international education and programs abroad in liberal arts colleges

Published Articles

“Welcoming Alexander von Humboldt in Santa Fé de Bogotá, or the Creoles’ self-celebration in the colonial city” Atlantic Studies. Vol. 7, No 2, June 2010, 143-162.   

“Americanos y europeos o la angustia del criollo del siglo XX” Aleph. No 155. Octubre/diciembre 2010,  35-50.   

“Lugar afrocaribeño y textualizacion de un viaje personal en Tambores en la noche” Si yo fuera tambó. Poesía selecta de Candelario Obeso y Jorge Artel. Graciela Maglia Ed. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Universidad del Rosario. Bogotá, 2010

Conference Presentations

"Satan, piratas, criollos y cimarrones en la ciudad del Caribe colonial." XI Seminario Internacional de Estudios del Caribe. Universidad de Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia. August, 2013.

Guest speaker

"The Ideal Subject and Criollo in Juan de Castellano's Elegias de Varones Ilustres de Indias, 1588." Departments of History and Literature, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. August, 2013.   

“Entre el ingreso a la familia nacional y el cuerpo mutilado de la historia; José Antonio Galán en dos novelas históricas del siglo XIX." XVII Congreso de la Asociación de Colombianistas. Narrar Colombia, Colombia Narrada.  Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia. August, 2011.   

Modern Language Association (MLA)
Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
Asociacion de Colombianistas

As an experienced educator that has had the opportunity of teaching in institutions with varying philosophies and administrative structures, Earlham College stands out for the collegiality among faculty members, their impressive academic credentials and their dedication to the student’s intellectual and personal development. I also value the active involvement of Earlham’s faculty members in all aspects of the curriculum, policy-making and governance; an environment that is not easy to find now a days in academic institutions. Just as important are the students who come to Earlham; their passion for learning and questioning the status quo always stimulates my daily life as a college professor, and promotes my own intellectual growth and professional development.

Earlham students are curious, inquisitive, involved, open-minded and imaginative. Earlham students are aware of their intellectual challenges ahead, are eager to oppose any form of violence and question political, economic, social and ethnic injustice.

I enjoy watching classic movies, listening to radio stations from different countries and I love comedy!

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