Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

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Dr. Ana Rodriguez Navas

Title/s:  Hispanic Studies Graduate Program Director
Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture

Specialty Area: Latin American Literature & Culture

Office #:  CC468

Phone: 773.508.2171

Email: arodrigueznavas@luc.edu

Research Interests

My research explores 20th and 21st century literature and cinema, with a focus on Latin America, the transnational Caribbean, and their global diasporas.

My first book, Idle Talk, Deadly Talk: The Uses of Gossip in Caribbean Literature (New World Studies, University of Virginia Press), examines gossip’s place in Hispanic, Francophone, and Anglophone Caribbean writing. Gossip, I argue, can strengthen social ties, but can also function as an urgent, utilitarian, and deeply political practice — a means of staging the tensions and waging the narrative battles that mark Caribbean culture.

 In 2020, I co-edited “The Legacy of Oscar Wilde in Latin American Literature and Culture,” a special issue of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies exploring Wilde’s previously unacknowledged place in Latin American culture and literature. My article “Word as Weapons: Gossip in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” published in MELUS in 2018, received LASA's Haiti/Dominican Republic Section prize for best article, and in 2019 I received Loyola University Chicago’s Sujack Award for Faculty Research Excellence.

I was raised in Venezuela, Trinidad, and the United States. I hold a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, and two Masters degrees with Honors in Anglophone Literature and Culture and in Comparative Literature from the Université de Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle. I served as elected member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Studies Association’s Venezuelan Studies Section (2016-2018) and as Chair of the Midwest MLA’s Comparative Literature Section (2015-2019).

 At Loyola, I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on contemporary Caribbean and Latin American literature and cinema including Spies, Sleuths, and Snitches in Latin American Literature and Cinema; Latin American Women Filmmakers; Power and Writing in Latin America; and The Politics of Gossip in Caribbean Literature. I also direct the Hispanic Studies Graduate Program.

Selected Publications


 Idle Talk, Deadly Talk: The Uses of Gossip in Caribbean Literature. New World Studies Series, University of Virginia Press (2018). Available for free download here.

Other Publications:

Oscar Wilde’s Forgotten Legacy in Latin America.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 28:3 (2020), 321-328. Full co-edited volume, “The Legacy of Oscar Wilde in Latin American Literature and Culture”, available here
“‘Free From the Fatal Contagion of Prudery’: Reading Wilde in Puerto Rico." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 28:3 (2020), 395-426.
“Words Like Weapons: Gossip in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.  MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 42.3 (2017): 55-83. Recipient of the 2018 Article Prize, awarded by the Haiti - Dominican Republic Section, Latin American Studies Association.

“Gossip and Nation in Rosario Ferrés Maldito amor. Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana 45.1 (2016): 65-78.