Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Faculty & Staff Directory

Dr. Ana Rodriguez Navas

Title/s:  Graduate Program Director
Associate Professor of Spanish

Office #:  CC468

Phone: 773.508.2171



  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Princeton University, 2011
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, Princeton University, 2007
  • M.A., Anglophone Literature (high honors), Université de Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2004
  • M.A., Comparative Literature (highest honors), Université de Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2003
  • B.A., Media Studies (specialization in Print Journalism), Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 1999

Research Interests

  • Hispanic, Francophone, and Anglophone Caribbean literature, film, and culture
  • Contemporary Latin American and U.S. Latino/a literature, film, and culture
  • Cuban and Soviet/Russian artistic and cultural exchanges
  • Politics and aesthetics; film studies; journalism and media studies

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Elected Member of the Executive Committee, Venezuelan Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association (2016-2018)
  • Chair of the Comparative Literature Section, Midwest MLA (Since 2015)

Courses Taught

  • Spies, Sleuths, and Snitches in Latin American Literature and Film
  • Childhood in Latin American Cinema
  • The Politics of Gossip in Caribbean Literature (Graduate)
  • Spanish Conversation and Composition

Selected Publications

  •  Idle Talk, Deadly Talk: The Uses of Gossip in Caribbean Literature.
    Forthcoming on November, 2018 from the New World Studies Series, University of Virginia Press. 
  • "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 Latin American Studies Association's Haiti - Dominican Republic Section.
  • "Global Markets, Hyperlocal Aesthetics: Framing Childhood Poverty in Contemporary Latin American Cinema." Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 94.1 (2017): 77- 95.
  • "Gossip and Nation in Rosario Ferré’s Maldito amor". Chasqui: revista de literature latinoamericana 45.1 (2016): 65-78. 
  • "Culture in the Tropics: Art through Interpretation in the Work of Cabrera Infante”. Latin American Literary Review 42.84 (2014): 5-30.
  • "Reading Pushkin’s Tales of Belkin through Sainte-Beuve’s Vie, poésies et pensées de Joseph Delorme”. Pushkin Review 11 (2008): 81-101. 
  • "Interpelación y ruptura en ‘La biblioteca de Babel’ y ‘El Aleph’ de Jorge Luis Borges”. Variaciones Borges 22 (2006): 201-216.
Recent Presentations
  • "Wilde Aestheticism in Puerto Rico." Latin American Studies Association (NYC, 2016)
  • "Reputations Lost: Power and Defamation in the Work of JG Vásquez." Midwest Modern Languages Association Conference (Columbus, 2015)
  • "Revelation, Canon Formation, and the Cuban Literary Exile Community." Society for Caribbean Studies (Birmingham, UK, 2015)
  • "Detecting Gossip in Ana Teresa Torres' La fascinación de la víctima." American Comparative Literature Association (Seattle, 2015)