Dianne Zandstra


Education

  • BA (Secondary Education, French and Spanish) Calvin College 1974 
  • MA (Spanish) Michigan State University 1993
  • PhD (Spanish Language and Literature) Michigan State University 2001

Biography

Professor Zandstra grew up in the United States, the Netherlands, and Argentina, which allowed her to learn Dutch, French, and Spanish. She lived in Argentina for six years as an adult. 

Spanish-speaking countries visited

Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, Spain

Academic interests

  • Latin American literature
  • Argentine literature, specifically the grotesque and novels of Griselda Gambaro
Recent activities
  • Had the privilege of launching the new semester studies program in Peru, directing the program during Fall 2011, 2012, and 2015
  • Has presented papers on Self and Other in contemporary Latin American fiction
  • Assisted in editing a new bilingual Spanish/English interdenominational hymnal
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Research and scholarship

“Self and Other in Vargas Llosa’s The Storyteller.”  North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA), Wheaton College, March 22, 2014.

“Alterity and Identity in Deep Rivers and After the Feast Day.”  NACFLA, Westmont College, March 23, 2012.

Publications

Embodying Resistance: Griselda Gambaro and the Grotesque.  The Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory.  Lewisburg:  Bucknell University Press, 2007.

Review, Dramaturgas argentinas:  teatro, política y género [Argentine Women Playwrights:  Theater, Politics, and Gender], by Magda Castellví deMoor.  Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 83.1(2006):136-37.

“Faith and Pedagogy in the Literature Classroom:  Points of Departure.”  With Cynthia Slagter.  Forum piece in the Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages (JCFL), 6(2005):  93-99.

“God, Art, and Suffering in Dios no nos quiere contentos [Griselda Gambaro’s God Doesn’t Want Us Happy]”.  JCFL 6(2005):23-36.

Review, Entre el exilio y la memoria:  Josefina Leyva y su obra (Textos críticos) [Between Exile and Memory:  Josefina Leyva and Her Oeuvre (Critical Texts)], ed. Margarita Krakusin.  Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 30.2(2003):167-69.

“Grotesco y denuncia en Ganarse la muerte” [Social Criticism and the Grotesque in Gambaro’s  To Earn One’s Death].  Alba de América 21.39-40(2002):207-20.

“Lenguaje y realidad en la ensayística de Borges” [Language and Reality in Borges’ Essays].

Borges:  Nuevas lecturas, ed. Juana Alcira Arancibia.  Colección Estudios Hispánicos, vol. VI.  Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico.  Buenos Aires:  Corregidor, 2001.

“La subversión del paraíso:  Ecos bíblicos en La madre naturaleza” [The Subversion of Paradise:  Echoes of the Bible in Pardo Bazán’s Mother Nature].  Letras Peninsulares 13.2(2000):531-43.

“Creation and Incarnation in Borges.”  JCFL   1.1(2000):27-38.

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