Carolyn Fornoff

 Carolyn Fornoff

Contact Information

4080 FLB
707 S Mathews
M/C 176
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

  • W: 10 AM - 12 PM, FLB #4139
Assistant Professor
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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

My research engages contemporary Mexican and Central American culture through the lens of ecocriticism. I examine how artists and writers portray the intersection between environmental and social justice through representational models that range from speculative fiction to the documentary.

I am currently at work on a monograph, Species Sadness: Race, Gender and Animality in Mexican and Central American Literature. This project traces how discourses of animality intersect with those of race, gender, and politics in twentieth-century Mexican and Central American literature.

As part of broader research in the environmental humanities, I am also collaborating on two edited volumes:

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.

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.

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

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.