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Ivette Gomez

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spanish

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1258
Office: THH 156


Biographical Sketch

I hold a Ph.D. in Spanish from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California Irvine, where I specialized in 20th and 21st Centuries Latin American literature and received extensive and effective Spanish language teaching training. I have more than ten years of experience teaching a wide range of courses from Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish language to Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Spanish Conversation, Spanish Composition, Introduction to Literary Analysis, and survey courses that study the history and cultures of Spain and Latin America. I have taught some of these courses in both large universities (USC, UCI, CalSate Long Beach) and small liberal arts college setting (Pomona College). I find teaching at any level an exciting experience and a challenge that I embrace with enthusiasm. In all my teaching I try to communicate to my students the fact that knowing another language can hold the key to breaking down cultural barriers, fostering successful communication and broadening perspectives. At USC, I have had the opportunity to teach upper-division literature and culture courses such as Span 304-Survey of Fiction ; Span 320- Iberian and Latin American Cultures: Readings on Society; Span 482-Literature and the City (a course devoted to the examination of representations of Havana in literature, film and music of the, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries); Span 306 - Survey of Drama, and Span 321- Iberian and Latin American Cultures: Readings on the Arts, and language courses such as Span150 (Spanish Level 2) and Span 220 (Spanish Level 3).


Ph.D. Spanish, University of California, Irvine, 2009

Description of Research

Research Keywords

20th and 21st Centuries Latin American Literature, Cinema, and Plastic Arts; 21st-Century Hispanic Caribbean Narrative; The City; The Body; Travel Literature; Fin-de-Siécle Cultures; Literary History; Intellectual History; Cultural Studies and Critical Theory.

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

""Boring Home o La Habanada: crisis y aburrimiento en Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo"", LASA 2010, Talk/Oral Presentation, Toronto, Canada, 2010-2011   
""Voces desde los escombros: habitantes de ruinas en la narrativa cubana del siglo XXI".", LASA 2009. Rethinking Inequalities., Talk/Oral Presentation, Rio de Janeiro., 2009-2010   
""La politicización de las ruinas en Antonio José Ponte"", XXXVII Congreso Internacional del IILI. , Talk/Oral Presentation, Puebla, Mexico, 2008-2009   
""Politicizing Decay: Antonio Jose Ponte’s ‘An Art of Making Ruins’".", ACLA 2008, Talk/Oral Presentation, Los Angeles, 2008-2009   


Journal Article

Gomez, I. (2010). "La invención de la historia: Abilio Estévez y las ruinas de un teatro". Revista Iberoamericana. Vol. Vol. LXXVI (Vol. LXXVI, Núm. 232-233, Julio-Diciembre), pp. 695-712.
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