Maria L Figueredo

Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Associate Professor

Office: Ross Building, S414B
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 20078
Emailmfiguere@yorku.ca

Dr. Maria Figueredo is Associate Professor at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University, where she teaches courses in Spanish and Latin American literature. Her research focuses on the relationship of literature and music in Latin America, music as a subtext in women's writing, and contemporary innovations in Spanish American literature. Professor Maria Figueredo has been awarded the President's University-wide Teaching Award (Full-time Faculty Category) in 2016. This prestigious award is a well-deserved and important recognition of Maria's passion as a teacher and mentor. Her teaching strategies foster intellectual growth and challenge students to achieve a higher level of critical thought and analytical writing. In DLLL and at York University in general, Maria has spearheaded several co-curricular activities, including the arrangement of a tutoring group, the establishment of a trilingual journal to publish student work in Spanish or Portuguese with English translation, and the Pan Am games “Poet-Tree” project.

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Maria L. Figueredo is Associate Professor at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University, where she teaches courses in Spanish language and Latin American literature. She was a York-Massey Fellow from 2008-2009, and since then has been a Senior Fellow at Massey College. She served as President of Ontario Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (2003-2005) and as Delegate of Region 1 (Eastern Canada and New England) of the Modern Language Association (2006-2009). At York University she served as Coordinator of the Spanish and Portuguese Studies Section from 2009-2011, and has held the position of Director of Undergraduate Programs-Languages and Literatures (2011-2013).

Dr. Figueredo's research in the area of literature, literary culture and teaching has been published in books, specialized journals and cultural magazines. Her book, POETRY AND POPULAR SONG: THEIR CONVERGENCE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, A Uruguayan Case Study, 1960-1985, was published in Uruguay by Linardi y Risso in 2005; it studied the socio-cultural process of poetry that is set to music at particular times in the history of Latin America.

This trained musician and academic is a Canadian specialist in the relationships between literature and music in their specific socio-political contexts, work that she initiated in 1994. Her research is published in national and international forums in the main area of specialization in the relationship of literature and music in various Latin American case studies, as well as about music as a subtext in women's writing, and about contemporary Spanish American literature.

Area of Specialization

Latin American literature

Degrees

Ph.D., Spanish American Literature, University of Toronto
M.A., Spanish Literature, University of Toronto
B.A., International Relations Specialist and Spanish Major, University of Toronto

Appointments

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Professional Leadership

University Service
Director of Undergraduate Programs--Languages and Literatures, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Coordinator, Spanish and Portuguese Studies Section, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Offices in Professional Organizations
Regional Delegate, Region 1 (New England and Eastern Canada) of the Modern Language Association (MLA Delegate Assembly: 2007-2009).

President, Canada Chapter, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) (2003-2005)

Community Contributions

Toronto Pan Am 2015 Poet-Tree Project at York University. An onsite and online installation of poetry from the 41 countries represented in the Toronto 2015 Games (2014-2015). (creator/organizer)
The Poet-Tree 2015 multiple activities, related to the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games as an IGNITE community partner, engaged with university students and youth (secondary school), academic and community partners in dialogue about sports, poetry and culture. I. Poets from the 41 Pan American countries were celebrated and submitted works for the project that included an onsite installation at York University with online components that were exhibited from February to August 2015. II. A "Poet-Tree Factory" stand produced original, on-the-spot poems for visitors at the July 8, 2015 official Toronto 2015 Pan Am Torch Day celebrations at Earlscourt Park in Toronto, and a collective poem collage art station for children. III. An event at York's Keele campus with poetry readings by students and Miguel Avero, musical performances and presentations by YorkU alum, and a special performance by Toronto Candombe group Magia Negra led by Sergio Barboza.

Latin American Working Group, TO2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games , Toronto 2015. Invited to serve as member of the Latin American Working Group of the Community Outreach department of the TO2015 Latin American Steering Committee for the Pan American and Parapan American American Games from August 2014 to August 2015.

Arte por la vida 2:
Grupo Ibiray hosted this artistic event in which Dr. María Figueredo performed Latin American songs with York University alumni--Mery Pérez (voice and percussion), Leslie Usín-Rojas (with original poetry) and then undergraduate student Amaury Rodríguez (percussion). Palmerston Library, October 21st 2012.

Participated as invited singer and guitarist to “Homenaje a Mercedes Sosa,” a commemorative concert and poetry-reading event organized by Voces Poéticas, a Toronto-based musical group. Spanish Centre, Toronto. November 27, 2009.


Research Interests

Spanish and Hispanic Studies , Latin American and Caribbean Studies , Women's writing, 20th and 21st century Spanish American e-poetries, The relationship of literature and music

Selected Publications

“Poetry, Bodies and the Shadow of Nation at the 2012 London Olympics.” Letras Femeninas: A Journal of Women and Gender Studies in Hispanic Literature and Culture. Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. Special Edition: "Naciones Incorporadas [Incorporated Nations]." 42.1 (Summer-Fall 2016): 115-127.

“Networked Poetries: Two Latin American Perspectives.” The International Journal of Communication and Media Studies (inaugural volume): New Media, Technology, and the Arts. Volume 1, Issue 1 (2016): 23-29. http://ijp.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.336/prod.6

“El lugar de las cosas indecibles: El silencio en la estrategia novelística de Verónica Lecomte que desmorona el orden discursivo de la violencia.” [The Place of Unsayable Things: Silence in Veronica Lecomte’s Narrative Strategy of Deconstructing the Discursive Order of Violence] ¿Decir lo indecible? Traumas de la historia y las historias del trauma en las literaturas hispánicas [Saying the Unsayable? Traumas of History and the History of Trauma in Hispanic Literatures]. Eds. Dominika Jarzombkowska and Katarzyna Moszczy. Warsaw: Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies, 2015. 285-310.

“The Rhythm of Values: Poets and Musicians in Ekphrasis and the Case of Uruguay, 1960-85.” Chapter 6. In Pablo Vila, ed., The Militant Song Movement in Latin America: Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. New York: Lexington (RLPG), 2014. Pp. 282. 143-164.

“Entre la poesía oral y la escrita: la canción y la cultura literaria” [Between Oral and Written Poetry: The Song and Literary Culture]. “La inscripción de la oralidad en las culturas latinoamericanas” [The inscription of orality in Latin American Cultures]. Estudios hispánicos en la red. 10 September 1999. http://www.ucalgary.ca/~gimenez/revista.htm. 12 pages.

Figueredo, Maria L. Poesía y canto popular: Su convergencia en el siglo XX. Uruguay, 1960-1985. Poetry and Popular Song: Their Convergence in the Twentieth Century. The Case of Uruguay, 1960-1985. Montevideo: Linardi y Risso, 2005. Pp. 206. ISBN: 9974-559-58-8.

Selected Publications

“Poetry, Bodies and the Shadow of Nation at the 2012 London Olympics.” Letras Femeninas: A Journal of Women and Gender Studies in Hispanic Literature and Culture. Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. Special Edition: "Naciones Incorporadas [Incorporated Nations]." 42.1 (Summer-Fall 2016): 115-127.

“Networked Poetries: Two Latin American Perspectives.” The International Journal of Communication and Media Studies (inaugural volume): New Media, Technology, and the Arts. Volume 1, Issue 1 (2016): 23-29. http://ijp.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.336/prod.6

“El lugar de las cosas indecibles: El silencio en la estrategia novelística de Verónica Lecomte que desmorona el orden discursivo de la violencia.” [The Place of Unsayable Things: Silence in Veronica Lecomte’s Narrative Strategy of Deconstructing the Discursive Order of Violence] ¿Decir lo indecible? Traumas de la historia y las historias del trauma en las literaturas hispánicas [Saying the Unsayable? Traumas of History and the History of Trauma in Hispanic Literatures]. Eds. Dominika Jarzombkowska and Katarzyna Moszczy. Warsaw: Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies, 2015. 285-310.

“The Rhythm of Values: Poets and Musicians in Ekphrasis and the Case of Uruguay, 1960-85.” Chapter 6. In Pablo Vila, ed., The Militant Song Movement in Latin America: Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. New York: Lexington (RLPG), 2014. Pp. 282. 143-164.

“Entre la poesía oral y la escrita: la canción y la cultura literaria” [Between Oral and Written Poetry: The Song and Literary Culture]. “La inscripción de la oralidad en las culturas latinoamericanas” [The inscription of orality in Latin American Cultures]. Estudios hispánicos en la red. 10 September 1999. http://www.ucalgary.ca/~gimenez/revista.htm. 12 pages.

Figueredo, Maria L. Poesía y canto popular: Su convergencia en el siglo XX. Uruguay, 1960-1985. Poetry and Popular Song: Their Convergence in the Twentieth Century. The Case of Uruguay, 1960-1985. Montevideo: Linardi y Risso, 2005. Pp. 206. ISBN: 9974-559-58-8.

All Publications

Books

Figueredo, Maria L. Poesía y canto popular: Su convergencia en el siglo XX. Uruguay, 1960-1985. Poetry and Popular Song: Their Convergence in the Twentieth Century. The Case of Uruguay, 1960-1985. Montevideo: Linardi y Risso, 2005. Pp. 206. ISBN: 9974-559-58-8.

Book Chapters

“El lugar de las cosas indecibles: El silencio en la estrategia novelística de Verónica Lecomte que desmorona el orden discursivo de la violencia.” [The Place of Unsayable Things: Silence in Veronica Lecomte’s Narrative Strategy of Deconstructing the Discursive Order of Violence] ¿Decir lo indecible? Traumas de la historia y las historias del trauma en las literaturas hispánicas [Saying the Unsayable? Traumas of History and the History of Trauma in Hispanic Literatures]. Eds. Dominika Jarzombkowska and Katarzyna Moszczy. Warsaw: Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies, 2015. 285-310.

“The Rhythm of Values: Poets and Musicians in Ekphrasis and the Case of Uruguay, 1960-85.” Chapter 6. In Pablo Vila, ed., The Militant Song Movement in Latin America: Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. New York: Lexington (RLPG), 2014. Pp. 282. 143-164.

“Kahlo, Kristeva, Prado: Retratando ‘el porvenir de la revuelta’ poética.” [Kahlo, Kristeva, Prado: Portraits of Poetic Revolt]. In Alejandro Zamora, Berenice Villagómez and Esther Raventós, eds., México en sus revoluciones / Mexico in its Revolutions . Universidad Autónoma de Morales, México, York University and University of Toronto, 2013. Pp. 266. 81-101.

“El Camino de Santiago en O Diário de um Mago de Paulo Coelho: puntos de partida y crisol narrativo.” Aportes recientes a la literatura y el arte españoles: Estudios de crítica narrativa (Recent Developments in Spanish Literature and Art: Studies in Narrative Criticism). London: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012. 87-109. ISBN: 0-7734-2643-4

“From Pablo Neruda to Luciana Souza: Latin America as Poetico-Musical Space.” Latin American Identity after 1980. An Interdisciplinary Volume. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010. 167-195.

“Latin American Song as an Alternative Voice in the New World Order.” The New World Order: Corporate Agenda and Parallel Reality. Ed. Gordana Yovanovich. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003. 178-200.

“The Legend of La Llorona: Excavating and (Re)-Interpreting the Archetype of the Creative/Fertile Feminine Force.” Latin American Narratives and Cultural Identity: Selected Readings. New York: Peter Lang, 2003. 232-243.

Journal Articles

“Networked Poetries: Two Latin American Perspectives.” The International Journal of Communication and Media Studies (inaugural volume): New Media, Technology, and the Arts. Volume 1, Issue 1 (2016): 23-29. http://ijp.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.336/prod.6

“Poetry, Bodies and the Shadow of Nation at the 2012 London Olympics.” Letras Femeninas: A Journal of Women and Gender Studies in Hispanic Literature and Culture. Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. Special Edition: "Naciones Incorporadas [Incorporated Nations]." 42.1 (Summer-Fall 2016): 115-127.

“El Camino de Santiago en O Diário de um Mago de Paulo Coelho: puntos de partida y crisol narrativo.” [“The Camino in Paulo Coelho’s O Diário de um mago: Points of Departure in Coelho’s Writing and His Narrative as Latin American Cultural Crisol.”] In E. Raventós, ed., Aportes recientes a la literatura y el arte españoles: Estudios de crítica narrativa [Recent Developments in Spanish Literature and Art: Studies in Narrative Criticism]. London: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012. Pp. 267. 87-109.

“Paulo Coelho: The Author’s Quest as Reader of the World.” Journal of Literature and Art Studies (JLAS). Vol. 10 (2012): 925-937.

“Trayectoria y proyección del enunciado femenino, o la revolución en poesía musicalizada, del Canto Popular Uruguayo: El caso del dúo Cristina Fernández y Washington Carrasco en ‘Canto de madre’”. [“Mother’s Song: Feminine Revolt Surfacing in the Canto Popular Song of the Duo Washington Carrasco and Cristina Fernández] . Cuadernos de música, artes visuales y artes escénicas 6: 1 (Jan-March 2011): 53-64.

“Acercamiento a la subjetividad en la poesía de Alvaro Figueredo.” [An Approach to Subjectivity in the Poetry of Alvaro Figueredo] Montevideo, Uruguay. Hermes Criollo: Revista de Crítica y de Teoría Literaria y Cultural. Ed. Hebert Benítez. Montevideo, Uruguay. Año 6. N°. 12 (Summer 2007 / Fall 2008): 78-86.

“El retrato eres tú: Perspectivas sobre el auto-retrato en Frida Kahlo y sus reflejos en textos de Elena Poniatowska y Carlos Fuentes.” [The Portrait is You: Perspectives on Self-Portraiture in Frida Kahlo and Its Reflection in Texts by Elena Poniatowska y Carlos Fuentes] Revista Sophia Austral, Facultad de Humanidades, Ciencias Sociales y de la Salud, Punta Arenas, Chile. Vol. 11 (2006): 40-49. 10 pages.

“Desire, Duality and Naming the Other in Unamuno’s Niebla: Retrieving the Archeype of the Instinctual Self in the Search for Integrated Consciousness.” Scripta Mediterranea. Vol. XXIII. Toronto: Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies, U of Toronto Press, 2002. 31-53. 22 pages.

“El eterno retorno entre la poesía y la música popular” [‘Eternal Recurrence’ in Poetry and Popular Music]. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Vol. XXVI, 1-2. (2001/2002) : 299-319.

“Entre la poesía oral y la escrita: la canción y la cultura literaria” [Between Oral and Written Poetry: The Song and Literary Culture]. “La inscripción de la oralidad en las culturas latinoamericanas” [The inscription of orality in Latin American Cultures]. Estudios hispánicos en la red. 10 September 1999. http://www.ucalgary.ca/~gimenez/revista.htm. 12 pages.

Conference Proceedings

“Poetry Installations for the Toronto 2015 Pan American / Parapan American Games: The Poetry of Sport and the Sport of Poetry.” ISSN 2188-1111 The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2015: Official Conference Proceedings 2015. Nagoya, Japan: The International Academic Forum, 2015. 7-18.

“The Author’s Quest as Reader of the World in Paulo Coelho: Borges’ ‘Library of Babel,’ Bakhtin and the ‘Presumption of an Einsteinian Universe’ in the Text.” Conference proceedings of the 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, Hawaii. January 12, 2008. (CD-Rom) 11 pages.

“Neruda y la Nueva Tradición: Poesía y Música y el imaginario de América Latina en su viaje por el mundo” [Neruda and the New Tradition: Poetry and Music and the Latin American Imaginary in its World Trajectory]. Conference Proceedings of the Primer Congreso Internacional 2007: La desmarginalización y las tendencias literarias y lingüísticas en América Latina [Demarginalization and Literary and Linguuistic Tendencies in Latin America]. Lima, Perú: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. December 2007. (CD-Rom) 12 pages.

Rhythm Nation: La negociación de espacio e identidad en la musicalización contemporánea de poesía en Uruguay” Rhythm Nation: Negotiating Notions of Place, Belonging and History in the Process of Setting Poetry to Song]. IV Congresso Brasileiro de Hispanistas, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 2006. In Daher, Del Carmen; Sant´Anna, Vera L. Anais do 4º Congresso Brasileiro de Hispanistas. Vol III. (eletronic media / bilingual edition) . Rio de Janeiro: UERJ/CNPq/ABH, 2007, v.4. p.2200. (ISSN 1982-521) . 7 pages. http://www.letras.ufmg.br/hispanistas/hot/INICIAL.swf

“Cama-mundo, efigie y muerte: la mediación del cuerpo en la visión y representación de Frida Kahlo” [A Bedridden World: Vision and Representation in Frida Kalho]. Actas del XLI Congreso de la Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas, Portal del Hispanismo, Instituto Cervantes. 2005. 12 pages.http://www.ach.lit.ulaval.ca/Congreso_abierto/2005/Maria_Figueredo.htm

“Globalizing Frida Kahlo: Cross-Cultural Representations and Rescuing the Image of the Fragmented Self.” Conference Proceedings of the CALACS-CCASLS Conference, Furthering the Globalization Debate: Cross-Regional Comparisons, May 2005. 10 pages.

Conference Papers

“Poetic Bodies in Cyberspace and The Politics of Agency: Peri Rossi’s Playstation and Gaché’s ‘Radikal Karaoke’.” Session: Digital Humanities and Latin America: New Trends, Challenges, and Developments; session chair: Hilda Chacon, Nazareth College. The 46th annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) . In partnership with University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Ryerson University. Toronto, Ontario. 30 Apr. – 3 May 2015.

“Positioning Bodies through Cyberspace in E-Poetry: Peri Rossi’s Playstation and Gaché’s “Radikal Karaoke.” E-POETRY [2015] Conference. New Paths, New Voices / Nuevas Rutas, Nuevas Voces . Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 9-12 June 2015.

“Poetry Installations for the TORONTO2015 PanAm / Parapan Am Games: The Sport of Poetry and the Poetry of Sport.” The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)’s European Conference on Arts & Humanities, ECAH2015 . Thistle, Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom. 12-16 July 2015.

“Poesía es +.” Taking Poetry to the Skies and the Unmaking of the Invisibility of the Poetic Body. XXII ANNUAL CONGRESS OF THE ASOCIACIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE LITERATURA Y CULTURA FEMENINA HISPÁNICA (AILFCH): “Entre la tierra y el ciberespacio / Between the Earth and Cyberspace.” Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. November 7-11, 2012.

“The Power of the Mother Tongue: Spanish and German textual and musical references in the Identity-formation of the Subject in Inés Arredondo’s Short Story, ‘Canción de cuna’ [Lullaby].” ‘Language, Power & Difference’ session. POWER & DIFFERENCE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. Tampere, Finland. 27-29 August 2012. < http://www.uta.fi/yky/power2012/index.html>

“Embodied Texts and Musical Readings: The Multimedia Novel by Laura Esquivel.” XXI ANNUAL CONGRESS OF THE ASOCIACIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE LITERATURA Y CULTURA FEMENINA HISPÁNICA (AILCFH): “Habitar el género / Inhabiting Gender.” Universitat de Barcelona. Conference session: “En diálogo: género, literatura y otras artes [In Dialogue: Gender, Literature and Other Arts]”. Barcelona, Spain. 19-21 October 2011.

“Mother’s Song”: Feminine Revolt Surfacing in the Canto Popular Uruguayo of the duo Wáshington Carrasco and Cristina Fernández.” Session: Literature and Other Arts. 65TH ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION (RMMLA) CONVENTION. Scottsdale, Arizona. 6-8 October 2011.

“Revueltas: poesía y cuerpo en performance desde Frida Kahlo a Nadia Prado” [Revolts: Poetry and the Body in Performance from Frida Kahlo to Nadia Prado]. “México en sus revoluciones: Coloquio internacional” [Mexico in Its Revolutions: An International Colloquium], York University, Glendon College, Toronto, 30 Septiembre - 2 October, 2010.

“Trayectoria y proyección del enunciado femenino en el Canto Popular Uruguayo: El caso del dúo Cristina Fernández y Washington Carrasco en ‘Canto de madre’” [Trajectory and Projection of the Feminine Voice in the Canto Popular Uruguayo: The Case of the Duo Cristina Fernández y Washington Carrasco in ‘Canto de madre’]. “Entrecruzamientos de la poesía y la música” The relationship of poetry and music]. Three part session. This paper was presented in part III: “La relación texto/música en su producción y recepción” [The relationship of music and text in its production and reception]. Canadian Association of Hispanists, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Meeting of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 26 May – 3 June, 2010.

“La poesía en un puente de guitarra [Poetry on the Bridge of a Guitar]”, in response to a Call for Papers circulated for the Conference, “Mi pueblo me hace cantar / La nueva canción latinoamericana / Latin American New Song: A 21st Century View”, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, 16-17, April 2010. [Could not be presented due to Icelandic ash cloud eruption

“From Neruda to Luciana Souza: Imagining América in Music.” CFP: Rethinking Multiculturalism: Brazil, Canada and the United States. Saturday, January 30th in the “Literature and Music” panel, 3:15-4:45pm. CERLAC-sponsored conference at York University, January 28-30, 2010.http://www.yorku.ca/laps/des/conference/

“The Camino de Santiago in Paulo Coelho’s O Diário de um mago: Points of Departure in Coelho’s Writing and His Narrative as Latin American Cultural Crisol.” “Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature – I.” 64TH ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION CONVENTION. Albuquerque, New Mexico. 12-15 October 2010.

“El Camino de Santiago en O Diário de um mago de Paulo Coelho: Puntos de partida en su trayectoria novelística y crisol de su narrativa” [The Camino de Santiago in Diary of a Magus by Paulo Coelho: Puntos of Departure in His Novelistic Trajectory and Crucible of His Narrative Work]. Letra e Imagen: España desde el siglo XXI [Letters and Image: Spain since the Twenty First Century]: International Colloquium. 26 September 2009.

“Seeing the World with Brazilian Eyes: Paulo Coelho’s World Literature.” Session: “Contesting Territorialities.” The American Comparative Literature Association’s 2009 Annual Meeting, “Global Languages, Local Cultures.” Harvard University, Boston, Massachusettes. March 29, 2009.

“The Author’s Quest as Reader of the World: Borges’ Library and Bakhtinian Interaction of the Text in Paulo Coelho.” Session Chair: “Literature.” 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, Hawaii. January 9-12, 2008.

“‘ ‘Todo canta’: La musicalización de la poesía de Álvaro Figueredo, su música inherente y la interpretación de Abayubá Caraballo” [‘Everything sings’: Alvaro Figueredo’s Poetry Set to Music, its Inherent Musicality and Its Interpretation by Abayubá Caraballo]. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Canada Chapter. Oakham House, Ryerson University. October 2008.

“Neruda y la Nueva Tradición: Poesía y Música y el imaginario de América Latina en su viaje por el mundo” [Neruda and the New Tradition: Poetry and Music and the Latin American Imaginary in its World Trajectory]. Primer Congreso Internacional 2007: La desmarginalización y las tendencias literarias y lingüísticas en América Latina. Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Unidad de Post-Grado Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Humanas, Lima, Peru, August 2007.

“Taking Neruda’s Lead: Poetry in Music and its Transnational Crossings.” Finding a Place: Latin America and the Caribbean in a Transnational Context. One-day Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Guelph, Guelph, March 2007.

“La Biblioteca de Babel y el misterio de la escritura/lectura del mundo en Paulo Coelho” [The Library of Babel and the Mysterious Writing/Reading of Paulo Coehlo’s World]. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Canada Chapter, University of Guelph, Guelph, November 2006.

“Rhythm Nation: Negotiating Notions of Place, Belonging and History in the Process of Setting Poetry to Song” Rhythm Nation: La negociación de espacio e identidad en la musicalización contemporánea de poesía en Uruguay]. Session Coordinator: “Literatura em diálogo: música.” Estudos Literarios, Culturais e Históricos. IV Congresso Brasileiro de Hispanistas, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2006.

“El subtexto musical y el acceso a jouissance en la narrativa cuentística de Arredondo y Tusquets” [Musical Subtext and Access to jouissance in the Short Story Narratives of Arredondo and Tusquets]. In “Música, imagen y literatura: Nuevas perspectivas en estudios hispánicos” [Music, Image and Literature: New Perspectives in Hispanic Studies]. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, XLII Meeting of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, York University, Toronto, May - June, 2006.

“El (auto)-retrato en lo visual y lo verbal: Consideraciones sobre los textos de Elena Poniatowska, Carlos Fuentes y Frida Kahlo” [The Portrait is You: Perspectives on Self-Portraiture in Frida Kahlo and Its Reflection in Texts by Elena Poniatowska y Carlos Fuentes.] 11th Annual Festival of Images and Words / Onceno Festival de la Palabra y de la Imagen / Festival des Mots et des Images. Annual meeting hosted by Celebración Cultural del Idioma Español y Portugués (CCIE) [Cultural Celebration of the Spanish Language], York University (Glendon Campus), Toronto, November 2005.

“El mundo es una cama: visión y representación de Frida Kahlo” [A Bedridden World: Vision and Representation in Frida Kalho]. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Meeting of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, University of Western Ontario, London, May - June 2005.

“Globalizing Frida Kahlo: Cross-Cultural Representations and Rescuing the Image of the Fragmented Self.” Joint Conference of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) and the Canadian Council of Area Studies Learned Societies (CCASLS), Furthering the Globalization Debate: Cross-Regional Comparisons, Montreal, April - May 2005.

“Beyond Resistance: Music’s Responses to Tensions in the New World Order.” The New World Order Book Launch, Conference and Art Exhibition. University of Toronto, Toronto, October 2003.

“Reading the Transient Wor(l)d: Poetry, Silence, Desire.” Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Meeting of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, Dalhousie University, Halifax, May - June 2003.

“La poesía musicalizada de Idea Vilariño y la integración del yo poético al cancionero popular” [The Poetry of Idean Vilarino Set to Music and the Integration of the Self in the Popular Song Book of a Nation]. Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) Congress, Latin America: Between Representations and Realities, UQAM, Montreal, October 2002.

“Los puentes del exilio/desexilio en la obra poética de Mario Benedetti” [Bridges of Exile/Des-exilio in the Poetic Works of Mario Benedetti]. Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Meeting of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, University of Toronto, Toronto, May 2002.

“The legend of ‘La Llorona:’ Excavating and (Re) Interpreting the Archetype of the Creative/Feminine Force.” Storytelling in the Americas International Conference, Brock University, St. Catharines, August 2001.

“The Interface of Poetry and Popular Music: the New Songs of Latin America in the Context of Social Change.” Image and Imagery: An International Conference on Literature and the Arts, Brock University, St. Catharines, October 2000.

“Cantar con fundamento: El Canto Popular Uruguayo, la protesta y la comunicación social, 1960-85” [Singing With Purpose: Canto Popular Uruguayo, Protest and Social Communication]. General Meeting of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), Latin America and the Caribbean into the Coming Millenium: Equity, Democracy and Sustainability, Carleton University, Ottawa, October 1999.

“Entre la poesía oral y la escrita: la canción y la cultura literaria” [Between Oral and Written Poetry]. XXXXV Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Meeting of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, Lennoxville, June 1999.

“El eterno retorno entre la poesía y el canto popular: Uruguay, 1960-85” [‘Eternal Recurrence’ in Poetry and Popular Music]. 4th International Colloquium of the Nortel Professorship, University of Toronto, Toronto, May 1999.

“Lenguaje subversivo y juego de identidades políticas en ‘Before the Civil War’ de Monserrat Roig” [Subversive Language and the Play of Political Identitues in the Short Story ‘Before the Civil War’]. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Guelph, Guelph, March 1995.

“Las bases anti-románticas, populares y dramáticas en la poesía de Nicolás Guillén: Evidencia en dos artes poéticas” [Anti-Romantic, Popular and Dramatic Bases in the Poetry of Nicolás Guillén]. International Conference on the Writings of Nicolás Guillén, Havana, Cuba, July 1994.

Book Reviews

Rev. of Painting, Literature and Film in Colombian Feminine Culture, 1940-2005: Of Border Guards, Nomads and Women by Deborah Martin. Suffolk, UK: Tamesis, 2012.viii + 234 pp. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Publication date: 15 Sept 2014 (Online), 01 Oct 2014 (Print).

Rev. of Fourteen Female Voices from Brazil, ed. Elzbieta Szoka. Hispania 89:1 Mar. 2006: 74-75.

Rev. of Gender, Discourse, and Desire in Twentieth-Century Brazilian Women’s Literature by Cristina Ferreira-Pinto. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2004. Hispania 89: 3 Sept 2006: 530-531.

Public Lectures

“ ‘In-Between’ Positions and Performing Plurality: The Networked Poetries of Melisa Machado, Lía Colombino and Rocio Cerón.” School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University. 19 Feb. 2015.

“Gaming Poetry in Wor(l)d Play: Poetry and Video Games in Latin American Poetic Practice.” Invited Speaker. Transatlantic Graduate Studies Seminar. University of Western Ontario. London. 6 Nov. 2015.

“Embodied Texts and Musical Readings: The Multimedia Novel by Laura Esquivel.” International Guest Lecture: Maria Figueredo. School of International Letters and Cultures. Arizona State University. Tempe, Arizona. 23 Jan. 2014.

“Memory, Tango and Exile in Maria Benedetti’s La borra del café.” Latin American Studies lecture series, Ryerson University, Toronto, October 30, 2012.

Lecture on “Frida Kahlo: Image, Text, Woman”, in the lecture series “IDEAS & ISSUES,” an Outreach Program of the Kitchener Public Library, Waterloo.

Approach To Teaching

Dr. Maria L. Figueredo was awarded the President's University-wide Teaching Award (Full-time Faculty Category) in 2016. This award is an important recognition of her passion as a teacher and mentor, and of her teaching strategies that foster intellectual growth and challenge students to achieve a higher level of critical thought and analytical writing. In the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and at York University in general, Dr. Figueredo has spearheaded several co-curricular activities, including the establishment of a trilingual journal to publish student work, and the Pan Am games “Poet-Tree” project, an official Ignite community project of the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. This project produced an onsite poetry art installation at York University's Keele Campus at Founders College with online components, as well as an anthology in print titled The Poetry of Sports & the Sport of Poetry: POET-TREE 2015 of poets from across the Americas who submitted poems. Ed. M. Figueredo with a preface by Uruguayan poet and youth group organizer of "Orientación poesía" Miguel Avero. Trans. M. Figueredo, C. Marinoni, B. Bartra. Includes works by 31 poets from 14 different countries. Toronto: York University Press, 2015. 68 pages. ISBN: 978-1-77221-027-9.

Courses taught:
SP 4880 3.0 Nos/otras: Contemporary Poetic Expressions of Spanish American Women (created this course)
SP 4650 6.0 Literature and Music in Spanish America (created this new interdisciplinary course) (performances organized in conjunction with program events, and included visits by Mexican cellist and composer Dr. Gustavo Martín, Escuela Nacional de Música de la UNAM, in conjuction with bolero and the novel, and scholar Dr. Illa Carrillo Rodríguez, Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, with relation to her work on political agency and popular identity in Argentine folk music of the long 1960s).
SP 4640 6.0 The Spanish American Novel of the Twentieth Century (F/W 2012-13: Inaugurated a new blog spot connection for students with author Pablo Urbanyi on his official website, and Skype visits by writers P. Urbanyi and V. Lecomte).
SP 3210 6.0 Aspects of Spanish American Literature (visits by writers such as María Ángeles Lescano in 2007, and writer Eduardo Rejduch de la Mancha in 2009, the latter with a reading by the author open to the public and complemented by presentations on the author and musical performance by students: http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2009/10/06/uruguay-born-sailor-author-and-adventurer-to-give-reading-at-york/).
SP 2200 3.0 Introduction to Spanish Literature
SP 2020 6.0 Intermediate Spanish Abroad - Ávila, Spain
SP 2000 6.0 Intermediate Spanish, coordinator
SP 4900 3.0 La narrativa de Gabriel García Márquez: Novela (Reading Course)

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/SP2000 6.0  Intermediate Spanish LGCL  
Fall 2017 AP/SP4880 3.0  Nos/otras: Contemporary Poetic Expressions of Spanish American Women SEMR  


Dr. Maria Figueredo is Associate Professor at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University, where she teaches courses in Spanish and Latin American literature. Her research focuses on the relationship of literature and music in Latin America, music as a subtext in women's writing, and contemporary innovations in Spanish American literature. Professor Maria Figueredo has been awarded the President's University-wide Teaching Award (Full-time Faculty Category) in 2016. This prestigious award is a well-deserved and important recognition of Maria's passion as a teacher and mentor. Her teaching strategies foster intellectual growth and challenge students to achieve a higher level of critical thought and analytical writing. In DLLL and at York University in general, Maria has spearheaded several co-curricular activities, including the arrangement of a tutoring group, the establishment of a trilingual journal to publish student work in Spanish or Portuguese with English translation, and the Pan Am games “Poet-Tree” project.


Maria L. Figueredo is Associate Professor at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University, where she teaches courses in Spanish language and Latin American literature. She was a York-Massey Fellow from 2008-2009, and since then has been a Senior Fellow at Massey College. She served as President of Ontario Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (2003-2005) and as Delegate of Region 1 (Eastern Canada and New England) of the Modern Language Association (2006-2009). At York University she served as Coordinator of the Spanish and Portuguese Studies Section from 2009-2011, and has held the position of Director of Undergraduate Programs-Languages and Literatures (2011-2013).

Dr. Figueredo's research in the area of literature, literary culture and teaching has been published in books, specialized journals and cultural magazines. Her book, POETRY AND POPULAR SONG: THEIR CONVERGENCE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, A Uruguayan Case Study, 1960-1985, was published in Uruguay by Linardi y Risso in 2005; it studied the socio-cultural process of poetry that is set to music at particular times in the history of Latin America.

This trained musician and academic is a Canadian specialist in the relationships between literature and music in their specific socio-political contexts, work that she initiated in 1994. Her research is published in national and international forums in the main area of specialization in the relationship of literature and music in various Latin American case studies, as well as about music as a subtext in women's writing, and about contemporary Spanish American literature.

Area of Specialization

Latin American literature

Degrees

Ph.D., Spanish American Literature, University of Toronto
M.A., Spanish Literature, University of Toronto
B.A., International Relations Specialist and Spanish Major, University of Toronto

Appointments

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Professional Leadership

University Service
Director of Undergraduate Programs--Languages and Literatures, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Coordinator, Spanish and Portuguese Studies Section, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Offices in Professional Organizations
Regional Delegate, Region 1 (New England and Eastern Canada) of the Modern Language Association (MLA Delegate Assembly: 2007-2009).

President, Canada Chapter, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) (2003-2005)

Community Contributions

Toronto Pan Am 2015 Poet-Tree Project at York University. An onsite and online installation of poetry from the 41 countries represented in the Toronto 2015 Games (2014-2015). (creator/organizer)
The Poet-Tree 2015 multiple activities, related to the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games as an IGNITE community partner, engaged with university students and youth (secondary school), academic and community partners in dialogue about sports, poetry and culture. I. Poets from the 41 Pan American countries were celebrated and submitted works for the project that included an onsite installation at York University with online components that were exhibited from February to August 2015. II. A "Poet-Tree Factory" stand produced original, on-the-spot poems for visitors at the July 8, 2015 official Toronto 2015 Pan Am Torch Day celebrations at Earlscourt Park in Toronto, and a collective poem collage art station for children. III. An event at York's Keele campus with poetry readings by students and Miguel Avero, musical performances and presentations by YorkU alum, and a special performance by Toronto Candombe group Magia Negra led by Sergio Barboza.

Latin American Working Group, TO2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games , Toronto 2015. Invited to serve as member of the Latin American Working Group of the Community Outreach department of the TO2015 Latin American Steering Committee for the Pan American and Parapan American American Games from August 2014 to August 2015.

Arte por la vida 2:
Grupo Ibiray hosted this artistic event in which Dr. María Figueredo performed Latin American songs with York University alumni--Mery Pérez (voice and percussion), Leslie Usín-Rojas (with original poetry) and then undergraduate student Amaury Rodríguez (percussion). Palmerston Library, October 21st 2012.

Participated as invited singer and guitarist to “Homenaje a Mercedes Sosa,” a commemorative concert and poetry-reading event organized by Voces Poéticas, a Toronto-based musical group. Spanish Centre, Toronto. November 27, 2009.

Research Interests:

Spanish and Hispanic Studies , Latin American and Caribbean Studies , Women's writing, 20th and 21st century Spanish American e-poetries, The relationship of literature and music

All Publications

Books

Figueredo, Maria L. Poesía y canto popular: Su convergencia en el siglo XX. Uruguay, 1960-1985. [Poetry and Popular Song: Their Convergence in the Twentieth Century. The Case of Uruguay, 1960-1985. Montevideo: Linardi y Risso, 2005. Pp. 206. ISBN: 9974-559-58-8.

Book Chapters

“El lugar de las cosas indecibles: El silencio en la estrategia novelística de Verónica Lecomte que desmorona el orden discursivo de la violencia.” [The Place of Unsayable Things: Silence in Veronica Lecomte’s Narrative Strategy of Deconstructing the Discursive Order of Violence] ¿Decir lo indecible? Traumas de la historia y las historias del trauma en las literaturas hispánicas [Saying the Unsayable? Traumas of History and the History of Trauma in Hispanic Literatures]. Eds. Dominika Jarzombkowska and Katarzyna Moszczy. Warsaw: Institute of Iberian and Ibero-American Studies, 2015. 285-310.

“The Rhythm of Values: Poets and Musicians in Ekphrasis and the Case of Uruguay, 1960-85.” Chapter 6. In Pablo Vila, ed., The Militant Song Movement in Latin America: Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. New York: Lexington (RLPG), 2014. Pp. 282. 143-164.

“Kahlo, Kristeva, Prado: Retratando ‘el porvenir de la revuelta’ poética.” [Kahlo, Kristeva, Prado: Portraits of Poetic Revolt]. In Alejandro Zamora, Berenice Villagómez and Esther Raventós, eds., México en sus revoluciones / Mexico in its Revolutions . Universidad Autónoma de Morales, México, York University and University of Toronto, 2013. Pp. 266. 81-101.

“El Camino de Santiago en O Diário de um Mago de Paulo Coelho: puntos de partida y crisol narrativo.” Aportes recientes a la literatura y el arte españoles: Estudios de crítica narrativa (Recent Developments in Spanish Literature and Art: Studies in Narrative Criticism). London: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012. 87-109. ISBN: 0-7734-2643-4

“From Pablo Neruda to Luciana Souza: Latin America as Poetico-Musical Space.” Latin American Identity after 1980. An Interdisciplinary Volume. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010. 167-195.

“Latin American Song as an Alternative Voice in the New World Order.” The New World Order: Corporate Agenda and Parallel Reality. Ed. Gordana Yovanovich. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003. 178-200.

“The Legend of La Llorona: Excavating and (Re)-Interpreting the Archetype of the Creative/Fertile Feminine Force.” Latin American Narratives and Cultural Identity: Selected Readings. New York: Peter Lang, 2003. 232-243.

Journal Articles

“Networked Poetries: Two Latin American Perspectives.” The International Journal of Communication and Media Studies (inaugural volume): New Media, Technology, and the Arts. Volume 1, Issue 1 (2016): 23-29. http://ijp.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.336/prod.6

“Poetry, Bodies and the Shadow of Nation at the 2012 London Olympics.” Letras Femeninas: A Journal of Women and Gender Studies in Hispanic Literature and Culture. Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. Special Edition: "Naciones Incorporadas [Incorporated Nations]." 42.1 (Summer-Fall 2016): 115-127.

“El Camino de Santiago en O Diário de um Mago de Paulo Coelho: puntos de partida y crisol narrativo.” [“The Camino in Paulo Coelho’s O Diário de um mago: Points of Departure in Coelho’s Writing and His Narrative as Latin American Cultural Crisol.”] In E. Raventós, ed., Aportes recientes a la literatura y el arte españoles: Estudios de crítica narrativa [Recent Developments in Spanish Literature and Art: Studies in Narrative Criticism]. London: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012. Pp. 267. 87-109.

“Paulo Coelho: The Author’s Quest as Reader of the World.” Journal of Literature and Art Studies (JLAS). Vol. 10 (2012): 925-937.

“Trayectoria y proyección del enunciado femenino, o la revolución en poesía musicalizada, del Canto Popular Uruguayo: El caso del dúo Cristina Fernández y Washington Carrasco en ‘Canto de madre’”. [“Mother’s Song: Feminine Revolt Surfacing in the Canto Popular Song of the Duo Washington Carrasco and Cristina Fernández] . Cuadernos de música, artes visuales y artes escénicas 6: 1 (Jan-March 2011): 53-64.

“Acercamiento a la subjetividad en la poesía de Alvaro Figueredo.” [An Approach to Subjectivity in the Poetry of Alvaro Figueredo] Montevideo, Uruguay. Hermes Criollo: Revista de Crítica y de Teoría Literaria y Cultural. Ed. Hebert Benítez. Montevideo, Uruguay. Año 6. N°. 12 (Summer 2007 / Fall 2008): 78-86.

“El retrato eres tú: Perspectivas sobre el auto-retrato en Frida Kahlo y sus reflejos en textos de Elena Poniatowska y Carlos Fuentes.” [The Portrait is You: Perspectives on Self-Portraiture in Frida Kahlo and Its Reflection in Texts by Elena Poniatowska y Carlos Fuentes] Revista Sophia Austral, Facultad de Humanidades, Ciencias Sociales y de la Salud, Punta Arenas, Chile. Vol. 11 (2006): 40-49. 10 pages.

“Desire, Duality and Naming the Other in Unamuno’s Niebla: Retrieving the Archeype of the Instinctual Self in the Search for Integrated Consciousness.” Scripta Mediterranea. Vol. XXIII. Toronto: Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies, U of Toronto Press, 2002. 31-53. 22 pages.

“El eterno retorno entre la poesía y la música popular” [‘Eternal Recurrence’ in Poetry and Popular Music]. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Vol. XXVI, 1-2. (2001/2002) : 299-319.

“Entre la poesía oral y la escrita: la canción y la cultura literaria” [Between Oral and Written Poetry: The Song and Literary Culture]. “La inscripción de la oralidad en las culturas latinoamericanas” [The inscription of orality in Latin American Cultures]. Estudios hispánicos en la red. 10 September 1999. http://www.ucalgary.ca/~gimenez/revista.htm. 12 pages.

Conference Proceedings

“Poetry Installations for the Toronto 2015 Pan American / Parapan American Games: The Poetry of Sport and the Sport of Poetry.” ISSN 2188-1111 The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2015: Official Conference Proceedings 2015. Nagoya, Japan: The International Academic Forum, 2015. 7-18.

“The Author’s Quest as Reader of the World in Paulo Coelho: Borges’ ‘Library of Babel,’ Bakhtin and the ‘Presumption of an Einsteinian Universe’ in the Text.” Conference proceedings of the 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, Hawaii. January 12, 2008. (CD-Rom) 11 pages.

“Neruda y la Nueva Tradición: Poesía y Música y el imaginario de América Latina en su viaje por el mundo” [Neruda and the New Tradition: Poetry and Music and the Latin American Imaginary in its World Trajectory]. Conference Proceedings of the Primer Congreso Internacional 2007: La desmarginalización y las tendencias literarias y lingüísticas en América Latina [Demarginalization and Literary and Linguuistic Tendencies in Latin America]. Lima, Perú: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. December 2007. (CD-Rom) 12 pages.

Rhythm Nation: La negociación de espacio e identidad en la musicalización contemporánea de poesía en Uruguay” Rhythm Nation: Negotiating Notions of Place, Belonging and History in the Process of Setting Poetry to Song]. IV Congresso Brasileiro de Hispanistas, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 2006. In Daher, Del Carmen; Sant´Anna, Vera L. Anais do 4º Congresso Brasileiro de Hispanistas. Vol III. (eletronic media / bilingual edition) . Rio de Janeiro: UERJ/CNPq/ABH, 2007, v.4. p.2200. (ISSN 1982-521) . 7 pages. http://www.letras.ufmg.br/hispanistas/hot/INICIAL.swf

“Cama-mundo, efigie y muerte: la mediación del cuerpo en la visión y representación de Frida Kahlo” [A Bedridden World: Vision and Representation in Frida Kalho]. Actas del XLI Congreso de la Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas, Portal del Hispanismo, Instituto Cervantes. 2005. 12 pages.http://www.ach.lit.ulaval.ca/Congreso_abierto/2005/Maria_Figueredo.htm

“Globalizing Frida Kahlo: Cross-Cultural Representations and Rescuing the Image of the Fragmented Self.” Conference Proceedings of the CALACS-CCASLS Conference, Furthering the Globalization Debate: Cross-Regional Comparisons, May 2005. 10 pages.

Conference Papers

“Poetic Bodies in Cyberspace and The Politics of Agency: Peri Rossi’s Playstation and Gaché’s ‘Radikal Karaoke’.” Session: Digital Humanities and Latin America: New Trends, Challenges, and Developments; session chair: Hilda Chacon, Nazareth College. The 46th annual convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) . In partnership with University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Ryerson University. Toronto, Ontario. 30 Apr. – 3 May 2015.

“Positioning Bodies through Cyberspace in E-Poetry: Peri Rossi’s Playstation and Gaché’s “Radikal Karaoke.” E-POETRY [2015] Conference. New Paths, New Voices / Nuevas Rutas, Nuevas Voces . Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 9-12 June 2015.

“Poetry Installations for the TORONTO2015 PanAm / Parapan Am Games: The Sport of Poetry and the Poetry of Sport.” The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)’s European Conference on Arts & Humanities, ECAH2015 . Thistle, Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom. 12-16 July 2015.

“Poesía es +.” Taking Poetry to the Skies and the Unmaking of the Invisibility of the Poetic Body. XXII ANNUAL CONGRESS OF THE ASOCIACIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE LITERATURA Y CULTURA FEMENINA HISPÁNICA (AILFCH): “Entre la tierra y el ciberespacio / Between the Earth and Cyberspace.” Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. November 7-11, 2012.

“The Power of the Mother Tongue: Spanish and German textual and musical references in the Identity-formation of the Subject in Inés Arredondo’s Short Story, ‘Canción de cuna’ [Lullaby].” ‘Language, Power & Difference’ session. POWER & DIFFERENCE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. Tampere, Finland. 27-29 August 2012. < http://www.uta.fi/yky/power2012/index.html>

“Embodied Texts and Musical Readings: The Multimedia Novel by Laura Esquivel.” XXI ANNUAL CONGRESS OF THE ASOCIACIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE LITERATURA Y CULTURA FEMENINA HISPÁNICA (AILCFH): “Habitar el género / Inhabiting Gender.” Universitat de Barcelona. Conference session: “En diálogo: género, literatura y otras artes [In Dialogue: Gender, Literature and Other Arts]”. Barcelona, Spain. 19-21 October 2011.

“Mother’s Song”: Feminine Revolt Surfacing in the Canto Popular Uruguayo of the duo Wáshington Carrasco and Cristina Fernández.” Session: Literature and Other Arts. 65TH ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION (RMMLA) CONVENTION. Scottsdale, Arizona. 6-8 October 2011.

“Revueltas: poesía y cuerpo en performance desde Frida Kahlo a Nadia Prado” [Revolts: Poetry and the Body in Performance from Frida Kahlo to Nadia Prado]. “México en sus revoluciones: Coloquio internacional” [Mexico in Its Revolutions: An International Colloquium], York University, Glendon College, Toronto, 30 Septiembre - 2 October, 2010.

“Trayectoria y proyección del enunciado femenino en el Canto Popular Uruguayo: El caso del dúo Cristina Fernández y Washington Carrasco en ‘Canto de madre’” [Trajectory and Projection of the Feminine Voice in the Canto Popular Uruguayo: The Case of the Duo Cristina Fernández y Washington Carrasco in ‘Canto de madre’]. “Entrecruzamientos de la poesía y la música” The relationship of poetry and music]. Three part session. This paper was presented in part III: “La relación texto/música en su producción y recepción” [The relationship of music and text in its production and reception]. Canadian Association of Hispanists, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Meeting of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 26 May – 3 June, 2010.

“La poesía en un puente de guitarra [Poetry on the Bridge of a Guitar]”, in response to a Call for Papers circulated for the Conference, “Mi pueblo me hace cantar / La nueva canción latinoamericana / Latin American New Song: A 21st Century View”, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, 16-17, April 2010. [Could not be presented due to Icelandic ash cloud eruption

“From Neruda to Luciana Souza: Imagining América in Music.” CFP: Rethinking Multiculturalism: Brazil, Canada and the United States. Saturday, January 30th in the “Literature and Music” panel, 3:15-4:45pm. CERLAC-sponsored conference at York University, January 28-30, 2010.http://www.yorku.ca/laps/des/conference/

“The Camino de Santiago in Paulo Coelho’s O Diário de um mago: Points of Departure in Coelho’s Writing and His Narrative as Latin American Cultural Crisol.” “Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature – I.” 64TH ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION CONVENTION. Albuquerque, New Mexico. 12-15 October 2010.

“El Camino de Santiago en O Diário de um mago de Paulo Coelho: Puntos de partida en su trayectoria novelística y crisol de su narrativa” [The Camino de Santiago in Diary of a Magus by Paulo Coelho: Puntos of Departure in His Novelistic Trajectory and Crucible of His Narrative Work]. Letra e Imagen: España desde el siglo XXI [Letters and Image: Spain since the Twenty First Century]: International Colloquium. 26 September 2009.

“Seeing the World with Brazilian Eyes: Paulo Coelho’s World Literature.” Session: “Contesting Territorialities.” The American Comparative Literature Association’s 2009 Annual Meeting, “Global Languages, Local Cultures.” Harvard University, Boston, Massachusettes. March 29, 2009.

“The Author’s Quest as Reader of the World: Borges’ Library and Bakhtinian Interaction of the Text in Paulo Coelho.” Session Chair: “Literature.” 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, Hawaii. January 9-12, 2008.

“‘ ‘Todo canta’: La musicalización de la poesía de Álvaro Figueredo, su música inherente y la interpretación de Abayubá Caraballo” [‘Everything sings’: Alvaro Figueredo’s Poetry Set to Music, its Inherent Musicality and Its Interpretation by Abayubá Caraballo]. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Canada Chapter. Oakham House, Ryerson University. October 2008.

“Neruda y la Nueva Tradición: Poesía y Música y el imaginario de América Latina en su viaje por el mundo” [Neruda and the New Tradition: Poetry and Music and the Latin American Imaginary in its World Trajectory]. Primer Congreso Internacional 2007: La desmarginalización y las tendencias literarias y lingüísticas en América Latina. Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Unidad de Post-Grado Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Humanas, Lima, Peru, August 2007.

“Taking Neruda’s Lead: Poetry in Music and its Transnational Crossings.” Finding a Place: Latin America and the Caribbean in a Transnational Context. One-day Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Guelph, Guelph, March 2007.

“La Biblioteca de Babel y el misterio de la escritura/lectura del mundo en Paulo Coelho” [The Library of Babel and the Mysterious Writing/Reading of Paulo Coehlo’s World]. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Canada Chapter, University of Guelph, Guelph, November 2006.

“Rhythm Nation: Negotiating Notions of Place, Belonging and History in the Process of Setting Poetry to Song” Rhythm Nation: La negociación de espacio e identidad en la musicalización contemporánea de poesía en Uruguay]. Session Coordinator: “Literatura em diálogo: música.” Estudos Literarios, Culturais e Históricos. IV Congresso Brasileiro de Hispanistas, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2006.

“El subtexto musical y el acceso a jouissance en la narrativa cuentística de Arredondo y Tusquets” [Musical Subtext and Access to jouissance in the Short Story Narratives of Arredondo and Tusquets]. In “Música, imagen y literatura: Nuevas perspectivas en estudios hispánicos” [Music, Image and Literature: New Perspectives in Hispanic Studies]. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, XLII Meeting of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, York University, Toronto, May - June, 2006.

“El (auto)-retrato en lo visual y lo verbal: Consideraciones sobre los textos de Elena Poniatowska, Carlos Fuentes y Frida Kahlo” [The Portrait is You: Perspectives on Self-Portraiture in Frida Kahlo and Its Reflection in Texts by Elena Poniatowska y Carlos Fuentes.] 11th Annual Festival of Images and Words / Onceno Festival de la Palabra y de la Imagen / Festival des Mots et des Images. Annual meeting hosted by Celebración Cultural del Idioma Español y Portugués (CCIE) [Cultural Celebration of the Spanish Language], York University (Glendon Campus), Toronto, November 2005.

“El mundo es una cama: visión y representación de Frida Kahlo” [A Bedridden World: Vision and Representation in Frida Kalho]. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Meeting of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, University of Western Ontario, London, May - June 2005.

“Globalizing Frida Kahlo: Cross-Cultural Representations and Rescuing the Image of the Fragmented Self.” Joint Conference of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) and the Canadian Council of Area Studies Learned Societies (CCASLS), Furthering the Globalization Debate: Cross-Regional Comparisons, Montreal, April - May 2005.

“Beyond Resistance: Music’s Responses to Tensions in the New World Order.” The New World Order Book Launch, Conference and Art Exhibition. University of Toronto, Toronto, October 2003.

“Reading the Transient Wor(l)d: Poetry, Silence, Desire.” Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Meeting of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, Dalhousie University, Halifax, May - June 2003.

“La poesía musicalizada de Idea Vilariño y la integración del yo poético al cancionero popular” [The Poetry of Idean Vilarino Set to Music and the Integration of the Self in the Popular Song Book of a Nation]. Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) Congress, Latin America: Between Representations and Realities, UQAM, Montreal, October 2002.

“Los puentes del exilio/desexilio en la obra poética de Mario Benedetti” [Bridges of Exile/Des-exilio in the Poetic Works of Mario Benedetti]. Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Meeting of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, University of Toronto, Toronto, May 2002.

“The legend of ‘La Llorona:’ Excavating and (Re) Interpreting the Archetype of the Creative/Feminine Force.” Storytelling in the Americas International Conference, Brock University, St. Catharines, August 2001.

“The Interface of Poetry and Popular Music: the New Songs of Latin America in the Context of Social Change.” Image and Imagery: An International Conference on Literature and the Arts, Brock University, St. Catharines, October 2000.

“Cantar con fundamento: El Canto Popular Uruguayo, la protesta y la comunicación social, 1960-85” [Singing With Purpose: Canto Popular Uruguayo, Protest and Social Communication]. General Meeting of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), Latin America and the Caribbean into the Coming Millenium: Equity, Democracy and Sustainability, Carleton University, Ottawa, October 1999.

“Entre la poesía oral y la escrita: la canción y la cultura literaria” [Between Oral and Written Poetry]. XXXXV Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Meeting of the Canadian Association of Hispanists, Lennoxville, June 1999.

“El eterno retorno entre la poesía y el canto popular: Uruguay, 1960-85” [‘Eternal Recurrence’ in Poetry and Popular Music]. 4th International Colloquium of the Nortel Professorship, University of Toronto, Toronto, May 1999.

“Lenguaje subversivo y juego de identidades políticas en ‘Before the Civil War’ de Monserrat Roig” [Subversive Language and the Play of Political Identitues in the Short Story ‘Before the Civil War’]. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Guelph, Guelph, March 1995.

“Las bases anti-románticas, populares y dramáticas en la poesía de Nicolás Guillén: Evidencia en dos artes poéticas” [Anti-Romantic, Popular and Dramatic Bases in the Poetry of Nicolás Guillén]. International Conference on the Writings of Nicolás Guillén, Havana, Cuba, July 1994.

Book Reviews

Rev. of Painting, Literature and Film in Colombian Feminine Culture, 1940-2005: Of Border Guards, Nomads and Women by Deborah Martin. Suffolk, UK: Tamesis, 2012.viii + 234 pp. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Publication date: 15 Sept 2014 (Online), 01 Oct 2014 (Print).

Rev. of Fourteen Female Voices from Brazil, ed. Elzbieta Szoka. Hispania 89:1 Mar. 2006: 74-75.

Rev. of Gender, Discourse, and Desire in Twentieth-Century Brazilian Women’s Literature by Cristina Ferreira-Pinto. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 2004. Hispania 89: 3 Sept 2006: 530-531.

Public Lectures

“ ‘In-Between’ Positions and Performing Plurality: The Networked Poetries of Melisa Machado, Lía Colombino and Rocio Cerón.” School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University. 19 Feb. 2015.

“Gaming Poetry in Wor(l)d Play: Poetry and Video Games in Latin American Poetic Practice.” Invited Speaker. Transatlantic Graduate Studies Seminar. University of Western Ontario. London. 6 Nov. 2015.

“Embodied Texts and Musical Readings: The Multimedia Novel by Laura Esquivel.” International Guest Lecture: Maria Figueredo. School of International Letters and Cultures. Arizona State University. Tempe, Arizona. 23 Jan. 2014.

“Memory, Tango and Exile in Maria Benedetti’s La borra del café.” Latin American Studies lecture series, Ryerson University, Toronto, October 30, 2012.

Lecture on “Frida Kahlo: Image, Text, Woman”, in the lecture series “IDEAS & ISSUES,” an Outreach Program of the Kitchener Public Library, Waterloo.


Teaching:

Approach To Teaching
Dr. Maria L. Figueredo was awarded the President's University-wide Teaching Award (Full-time Faculty Category) in 2016. This award is an important recognition of her passion as a teacher and mentor, and of her teaching strategies that foster intellectual growth and challenge students to achieve a higher level of critical thought and analytical writing. In the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and at York University in general, Dr. Figueredo has spearheaded several co-curricular activities, including the establishment of a trilingual journal to publish student work, and the Pan Am games “Poet-Tree” project, an official Ignite community project of the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. This project produced an onsite poetry art installation at York University's Keele Campus at Founders College with online components, as well as an anthology in print titled The Poetry of Sports & the Sport of Poetry: POET-TREE 2015 of poets from across the Americas who submitted poems. Ed. M. Figueredo with a preface by Uruguayan poet and youth group organizer of "Orientación poesía" Miguel Avero. Trans. M. Figueredo, C. Marinoni, B. Bartra. Includes works by 31 poets from 14 different countries. Toronto: York University Press, 2015. 68 pages. ISBN: 978-1-77221-027-9.

Courses taught:
SP 4880 3.0 Nos/otras: Contemporary Poetic Expressions of Spanish American Women (created this course)
SP 4650 6.0 Literature and Music in Spanish America (created this new interdisciplinary course) (performances organized in conjunction with program events, and included visits by Mexican cellist and composer Dr. Gustavo Martín, Escuela Nacional de Música de la UNAM, in conjuction with bolero and the novel, and scholar Dr. Illa Carrillo Rodríguez, Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, with relation to her work on political agency and popular identity in Argentine folk music of the long 1960s).
SP 4640 6.0 The Spanish American Novel of the Twentieth Century (F/W 2012-13: Inaugurated a new blog spot connection for students with author Pablo Urbanyi on his official website, and Skype visits by writers P. Urbanyi and V. Lecomte).
SP 3210 6.0 Aspects of Spanish American Literature (visits by writers such as María Ángeles Lescano in 2007, and writer Eduardo Rejduch de la Mancha in 2009, the latter with a reading by the author open to the public and complemented by presentations on the author and musical performance by students: http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2009/10/06/uruguay-born-sailor-author-and-adventurer-to-give-reading-at-york/).
SP 2200 3.0 Introduction to Spanish Literature
SP 2020 6.0 Intermediate Spanish Abroad - Ávila, Spain
SP 2000 6.0 Intermediate Spanish, coordinator
SP 4900 3.0 La narrativa de Gabriel García Márquez: Novela (Reading Course)


Current Courses

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TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/SP2000 6.0  Intermediate Spanish LGCL  
Fall 2017 AP/SP4880 3.0  Nos/otras: Contemporary Poetic Expressions of Spanish American Women SEMR