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Irina Dzero

Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D. Yale University (French, 2010)
  • MA Kent State University (Spanish, 2012)

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

I study conflicting attitudes to the recent democratic transition in Chile, Mexico, and Peru, in cinematic adaptations of recent and classic fiction. I am also working on violence against women in Latin America, and how filmmakers and writers make this emotionally demanding issue visible for the general public though irony and suspense. Lastly, I am interested in the punk feminist Pussy Riot and the politics of post-Soviet Russia.


on cultural translation

  • Pussy Riot: Translating Putin's Russia for Westerners, Feminism for Russians, and Punk for the Readers of Glamour (in progress)

on Hispanic film and fiction

  • La fiesta del chivo, Novel and Film, on the Transition to Democracy in Latin America, Latin American Research Review, 2015
  • Larraín’s Film No and Its Inspiration El plebiscito: Chile’s Transition to Democracy as a Simulacrum, Confluencia, 2015
  • Pantaleón y las visitadoras, Novel and Film, on Sex Worker Rights (in review)
  • Two Mexican Films, Arráncame la vida and El coronel no tiene quien le escriba on the 2000 Mexican Transition to Democracy (in progress)

on francophone fiction

  • Maryse Condé's Heremakhonon as a Noir Novel. Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature, Spring 2015
  • Two Faces of Progress in 19th-century French Novel, The French Review, 2014
  • Meanings of Hybridity: Rabelaisian Laughter in Aimé Césaire’s Discours sur le colonialisme, The French Review, 2011

on Renaissance poetry

  • Exile or Escape? Frame Narratives in Boccaccio’s Decameron and Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptameron, Topodynamics of Arrival: Essays on Self and Pilgrimage, Rodopi, 2012
  • Four Circles of Love in Marot’s Temple of Cupid, Romance Notes, 2011
  • Quill Pen in a Funeral Oration: Clément Marot Appropriates the Ancient Genre, Renaissance and Reformation, 2011
  • Step Forward, Step Upward: The Path to Perfection in Marguerite de Navarre’s Prisons, Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance, 2009

Book project:

The Democratic Transition in Latin America in Film and Fiction



  • Reading and conversation      Spanish
  • Grammar and composition     Spanish
  • Literature survey                     Spanish and Russian
  • Civilization                              French and Russian
  • Translation                              French / English


Research Areas
  • Contemporary francophone literature
  • Contemporary Spanish American literature, film, and politics
  • Post-Soviet Russia, culture and politics
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies

Office Hours for Spring 2014:

  • M and W, 9:30-10:30 and 12:30-2:00, KIVA open area along the windows above the cafeteria.
  • and by appointment, Satterfield Hall 309A. I usually respond to emails quickly. Don't hesitate to contact me.
Phone: 330-672-2150