I was born in El Salvador, I am guanaco (https://www.elsalvadormipais.com/por-que-nos-dicen-guanacos), in a town called Zacatecoluca, I am viroleño (http://lexicoon.org/es/viroleno) as well. My life in the U.S. is the result of the civil war in my country of origin. Therefore, I have spent most of my adult life in the U.S. and I see a clear division in my life, a before and an after. The before, I lived it in El Salvador, where I had my formative years during my childhood and adolescence. These years provided the family support and the strict education of a centralized system. The after, is still taking place, as my life is always in a state of constant change. In the U.S. adulthood happened.
In the process of immersion and assimilation to a new culture and language, unconsciously I created a breach between my own culture and myself. I stayed away from anything related to Latin America, I got lost in the culture of the U.S., and in some way, I was conditioned to be ashamed of who I was: an immigrant.
From this estrangement, I deemed necessary a conscientious change. I started the M.A. program at UIUC and discovered a whole new world, a world that in reality was not new. It was always there, the only thing that I needed was literature. Literature from the Spanish speaking world, especially from Latin America, where the structures of power, foreign domination, national identity, sexual identity are examined and questioned.
I did obtain an M.A. in French Studies, and I am glad that I did not go further in the French literature field. I am glad, however, that I speak and know the language and some of its canonical works.
Next language in my list is Portuguese.
Latin American Literature: 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Queer and Gender Studies.
National Identity Formation.
Queer literary and cultural production in El Salvador and Central America from the 19th century to the present.
M.A. Spanish Literatures and Cultures Concentration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018.
M.A. French Studies, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 2013.
B.A. History of Art, Minor in French Literature, University of California at Berkeley, 2006.
Awards and Honors
SPAN 130: Intermediate Spanish, Spring 2018
SPAN 130: Intermediate Spanish, Fall 2017
SPAN 130: Intermediate Spanish, Spring 2017
SPAN 122: Intensive Elementary Spanish Fall 2018
SPAN 141: Introduction to Spanish Grammar, Spring 2019
SPAN 228: Spanish Composition, Spring 2019