Carolyn Fornoff

 Carolyn Fornoff

Contact Information

4080 FLB
707 S Mathews
M/C 176
Urbana, IL 61801
Assistant Professor
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Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st-Century Latin American Literature and Film, with a focus on Mexico and Central America
  • Environmental Humanities: Posthumanism, Ecocriticism, and Animal Studies
  • Critical Theories of Race, Gender, and Disability

Research Description

Carolyn Fornoff's research engages Mexican and Central American culture through the lens of ecocriticism. It explores how artists and writers portray the intersection between environmental and social justice through representational modes that range from speculative fiction to the documentary.

Fornoff's in-process monograph, Uncertain Futures: Environmental Change in Mexico and Central America,  considers contemporary representations of anthropogenic environmental change. It asks how we anticipate and adapt to environmental transformations that are both underway and yet to come. It argues that the unpredictability of environmental rupture (and its corollaries, like drought and extinction) have put the future into doubt, prompting writers and artists to reimagine ways of living on a planet governed by different climatic rules.

As part of broader research in the environmental humanities, Fornoff is co-editing two collections:

Timescales: Ecological Temporalities Across Disciplines, co-edited with Bethany Wiggin and Patricia Kim, brings together interdisciplinary research on the question of time in the Anthropocene. Timescales is currently under production with University of Minnesota Press.

Pushing Past the Human in Latin American Cinema, co-edited with Gisela Heffes, theorizes the rich cinematic production coming out of Latin America that attends to environmental questions. This volume is currently under review by SUNY Press.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A. University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. Rice University

Courses

  • SPAN 326: Beyond the Human: Animals in Latin American Culture
  • SPAN 468: Latin American Natures
  • SPAN 326 (Spring 2020): Mexican Cinema
  • SPAN 467 (Spring 2020): Romance & Race in 19th century Latin America

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Speculative Climate Change in Amado Nervo’s “Las nubes.” Paradoxa 30 2018, p. 15-34.
Fornoff, Carolyn Passivity and Nonhuman Absorption in Julieta Campos’s “Celina o los gatos" Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 52 1 2018, p. 51-74.
Musical Interludes in 1960s Mexican Melodrama: Crafting a Sonic Space of Exclusion Romance Notes 58 3 2018, p. 507-18.
Fornoff, Carolyn Hearing the Nonhuman: Defamiliarizing Sound and Image in Lo que soñó Sebastián Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos 34 2017.
Fornoff, Carolyn Ernesto Cardenal’s Apologia for Ezra Pound Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos 32 2016.
Fornoff, Carolyn Descifrar el Secreto: “La secta del Fénix” y el acertijo literario Variaciones Borges 39 2015, p. 125-142.

Book Contributions

Fornoff, Carolyn The Nature of Revolution in Rafael F. Muñoz’s Se llevaron el cañon para Bachimba Mexican Literature in Theory edited by Ignacio Sánchez Prado. The Nature of Revolution in Rafael F. Muñoz’s Se llevaron el cañon para Bachimba Edited by Ignacio Sánchez Prado, Bloomsbury 2018, p. 93-110.
Fornoff, Carolyn, and Beatriz González-Stephan Market and Nonconsumer Narratives: From the Levity of Being to Abjection The Cambridge History of Latin American Women’s Literature edited by Ileana Rodríguez, edited by Mónica Szurmuk. Market and Nonconsumer Narratives: From the Levity of Being to Abjection Edited by Ileana Rodríguez, Edited by Mónica Szurmuk, Cambridge University Press 2015, p. 486-503.

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