Lisa digiovanni

  Lisa Renee DiGiovanni, PhD
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D. in Romance Languages, University of Oregon, 2008
MA in Spanish, Middlebury College, 2001
BA in Spanish, Northern Arizona University, 2000
Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, 2010
Office: Root Hall, A-128
Phone: 812-237-2435

Lisa DiGiovanni, (PhD, University of Oregon) has been an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Indiana State University since 2011. Her area of specialization includes 19th-21st century Spanish Peninsular and Latin American literature and film from a transnational perspective, with an emphasis on the relationship between history, literature, memory, and gender. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and is currently completing her book manuscript entitled Longing for Resistance. In her Spanish language courses, she strives to enliven the language through culturally rich content and always encourages students to study abroad by sharing her own experiences traveling and researching in Spain, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. In both her upper and lower division courses she aims to challenge students to think critically, to grapple with their assumptions and to gain depth of cultural and historical knowledge through the study of literature and film.

Research interests
Awards and Research Experience


Contemporary Spanish Novel

Spanish Prose and Poetry

Intermediate Spanish

Literary and Cultural Readings in Spanish

Memory, History and Representation in Modern Latin America

Repression and Resistance in Spain and Chile

Introduction to Narrative

Introduction to 19th-21st Century Spanish Peninsular Literature

Advanced Spanish Oral Skills

Women, Difference and Power WGS 101

Research Interests

Military Dictatorships in Spain and the Southern Cone

Twentieth-Century Spanish and Latin American Literature and Cinema

The Spanish Civil War

Memory Studies/ Nostalgia

Women’s and Gender Studies


Published Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

“Memories of Motherhood and Militancy in Chile: Gender and Nostalgia in Calle Santa Fe by Carmen Castillo” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 21.1 (2012): 15-36.

“Masculinity, Misogyny and Mass in Los girasoles ciegos by Alberto Méndez” Anales de la literatura española contemporánea, ALEC 37.1 (2012): 39-61.

“Unsettling Nostalgia in Roberto Brodsky's Últimos días de la historia”  Chasqui 40.2 (2011): 108-24.


Author Interviews in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

“The Uncertain Territory of Memory: An Interview with Chilean Writer Roberto Brodsky” World Literature Today, 86.5 (2012): Web. Sept.-Oct. 2012. Collaboration with Pedro García-Caro.

“La tierra incierta de la memoria: entre el veneno nacional y la reconciliación (im)posible. Entrevista con Roberto Brodsky” (accepted pending revisions in La revista chilena de literatura). Collaboration with Pedro García-Caro.

Book Reviews:

“Memory Bridges: A Review of Love and Revolutionary Greetings: An Ohio Boy in the Spanish Civil War by Laurie E. Levinger” (Resource Publications, 2012). Forthcoming in The Volunteer, Fall 2012.

Works in Progress:

Book Manuscript
Longing for Resistance: Post-Revolutionary Nostalgia in Spanish and Chilean Fiction and Film. This book examines the reflective dimensions of nostalgic longing for a pre-dictatorial past in Spain and Chile as well as the unanticipated nostalgia for ideological conflict and armed resistance to the Franco and Pinochet regimes in contemporary fiction and film. (To be completed in 2013).

Book Translation
Last Days of History. Translation with introduction of
Roberto Brodsky’s novel Últimos días de la historia (2001). Set within the context of Chile’s transition to democracy, this novel recounts stories of revolution, loss, exile, and recovery in the Pinochet aftermath. (In Progress).


awards and research experience

Beall Scholarship UO 2008. Facilitated research in Santiago de Chile with Michael Lazzara (UC Davis). Researched human rights debates (Judge Juan Guzmán, the Agrupación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos, Diamela Eltit). Studied memory sites (Villa Grimaldi, Londres 38) and archival materials (Vicaría de la Solidaridad).

Stickels Scholarship UO 2007 and Universidad Complutense Scholarship 2007. Facilitated research in Madrid, Spain. Participated in programs focused on memory, history and representation of the Spanish Civil War (Santos Juliá, Paul Preston, Emilio Silva Barrera, Civil War survivors).