Melissa Dinverno

Melissa Dinverno

Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese

U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar, 2019-2020

Visiting Scholar, Departamento de Literaturas Hispánicas y Bibliografía, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Fall 2019

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2000
  • M.A., University of Michigan, 1994
  • B.A., Kalamazoo College, 2000

Affiliations

  • Institute for European Studies
  • Gender Studies

About Melissa Dinverno

My main area of research is 20th-century Spanish literature and culture, focusing specifically on four areas: Garca Lorca studies, textual scholarship and editorial theory, gender and sexuality studies, and memory studies. I approach literature as an intervention in ongoing cultural debates; as such, my scholarship most often requires multi-disciplinary research. It also often involves a heavy component of archival research, with an aim to offering new perspectives on original materials and changing our visions of a work, an artist, an issue, or a moment. My first book is a major reconstruction, literary-critical study, and experimental critical edition of Lorca's posthumous poetic collection, Suites; my editorial work on Suites was also included in three important U.S. editions of Lorca. The draft of my second book project, Editorial Creativity and the Mediation of Literature, reflects on the theoretical implications and problems that are bound up in editing as a practice that mediates the reader's relationship to the literary work.

My current book project, Deconstructing Lorca explores the degree to which Spains transition (broadly defined, 1975-1992) shaped the invention of Lorca as cultural icon and of his artistic corpus, and, in turn, the ways in which these recent productions of Lorca have mediated cultural, social, political and economic processes in Spain's transition. Working with materials such as literary editions, film, performance, museum exhibits, newspapers, magazines, photographs, biographies, and clothing, this project aims to reveal Lorca and his work as complex, on-going constructions that have been heavily influenced by wide-ranging debates of the past forty years. In turn, I analyze the multiple negotiations of Lorcas iconic representation as focal points for studying fundamental transformations in contemporary Spain.

I've received a national research award from the Women's Caucus for the MLA for one of my articles and both internal (e.g. College Arts and Humanities Institute, Institute for Advanced Study) and external fellowships and grants (e.g. Bibliographical Society of America, the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spains Ministry of Culture and U.S. Universities). I’ve most recently been awarded a U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for Research to work on my Deconstructing Lorca project.  While a Fulbright Scholar, I’ll also be a Visiting Scholar at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid affiliated with the Research Group “Literatura, Heterodoxia y Marginación”.

I teach a range courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, most often focusing on issues of power, cultural memory, and gender/sexuality. Examples of recent courses are Cultural Memory and the Negotiation of the Past in Democratic Spain, Contesting Repression: Spanish Fiction from the 1940s-1990s,“Hispanic Film, Master Directors: Almodóvar, del Toro, Amenábar and Iñárritu” and Gender and Hispanic Literature. I've received the IU Trustees Teaching Award twice, the Outstanding Mentor Award from our departmental graduate students, and have been nominated twice for the Indiana University Distinguished Teaching Awards. I was also granted the state-wide IU teaching award of induction into the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching.

Specializations

  • 20th-Century Spanish Literature, Film, and Culture
  • García Lorca Studies
  • Spanish Cultural Production of 20s, 30s and Post-War Diaspora
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Memory Studies
  • Historical Avant-Garde
  • Editorial/Textual Theory, Scholarly Editions

Selected publications

Teaching

Graduate
  • S803:  Independent study Identity and Nation: 20th-Century Basque Literature
  • S708:  Seminar Reading/Rewriting García Lorca
  • S648:  Cultural Memory and the Negotiation of the Past in Democratic Spain
  • S648:  Representing the Body in Post-Franco Spanish Cultural Production
  • S648:  Reading Modernism in Spain
  • S548:  Contesting Repression: 20th-Century Spanish Cultural Production
  • S504: Bibliography and Methods of Research
Undergraduate
  • S495:  Federico García Lorca (Hispanic Colloquium)
  • S490: Women, Identity, and the Family in Contemporary Spain (Independent Study)
  • S473//S474:  Memory Studies//Cultural Memory and Negotiating the Past in Contemporary Spain.  (Hispanic Literature & Society//Literary Theory & Hispanic Literature)
  • S470:  Women, Gender and Hispanic Literature
  • S422:  Almodóvar, del Toro, Amenábar and Iñárritu (Hispanic Cinema)
  • S419:  Contesting Repression: Spanish Fiction from the 1940's to the 1990's (Modern Spanish Prose Fiction)
  • S418:  Gender and Sexuality in Hispanic Theatre (Hispanic Theatre)
  • S417:  Modernism: Poetry, The Poet and Society (Hispanic Poetry)
  • S411:  Constructing Contemporary Spain (Spain: The Cultural Context)
  • S328:  Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • Individualized Undergraduate Capstones in International Studies: Border Narratives of Morroccan Immigration in Spain; the Media and the Formation of a Basque Political Identity

Selected honors & awards

Research
  • U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for Research, Spain. 2019-2020.
  • National Research Award:  Florence Howe Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship.  Women’s Caucus of the Modern Languages. For article “Gendered Geographies.”  2003.
  • Emergency Grant-in-Aid of Research.  Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Indiana University. 2015.
  • Individual Research Award. Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University. 2014.
  • New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Exploratory Travel Fellowship.  Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Indiana University.  2014.
  • Research Travel Grant.  College Arts and Humanities Institute, Indiana University. 2008.
  • Faculty Research Grant. West European Studies National Resource Center, Indiana University. 2006.
  • Fellow, College Arts and Humanities Institute.  Indiana University.  2004.
  • President’s Arts and Humanities Initiative Summer Fellowship.  Indiana University. 2003.
  • International Projects and Activities Grant.  President’s Council on International Programs, Indiana University. 2002.
  • Bibliographical Society of America Short-Term Fellowship.  2001.
  • Short-Term Faculty Exchange with the University of Seville, Seville, Spain.  Office of International Programs, Indiana University.  2000.
  • The Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States Universities.  1997, 1995.
Teaching
  • FACET Member.  Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching.  Statewide Indiana University System.  Spring 2006 - current.
  • Trustees Teaching Award.  Indiana University.  2001, 2014.
  • Indiana University Distinguished Teaching Awards.  Nominated 2006, 2007.
  • Outstanding Mentor Award for 2004-2005.  Graduate Student Advisory Committee, Dpt. Spanish & Portuguese, Indiana University.