Sofía Kearns

Professor, Spanish

At Furman since 1994

Ph.D., Spanish. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995.
M.A., Spanish. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990.
B.A.,  Modern Languages. Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia, 1984.

Main research or professional interests

  • Latin American women’s writing,
  • feminist and queer theories,
  • ecocriticism,
  • service-learning.

Most Recent Publications

  • In Progress: “Widening the Spectrum of Desire and Nation: Queer Elements in Anacristina Rossi’s Fictions.” IN: It’s Not What It Seems. Queer Misreadings of the Body and Culture.
  • “Latin American and French Post-Modern Aesthetics in María la noche. LEF-E (L’Erudit Franco-Espagnol) An Electronic Journal of French and Hispanic Literatures. Vol. 2, Fall 2012. pp. 73-92.
  • Co-authored with Laura Barbas Rhoden: Questioning Modernity, Affirming Resilience: Eco-pedagogies for Homero Aridjis’ En quién piensas and Anacristina Rossi’s La locaReview 85. Eco-Literature and Arts in Latin America. Vol. 45:2 (November 2012). 167-74.
  • “Introduction” and “Afterword.” La loca de Gandoca/The Madwoman of Gandoca. Tr. Terry Martin. Lewiston, Queenston, Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.
  • “Postcoloniality in Rossi's Limón Blues.” South Carolina Modern Language Review 5:1 Spring 2006, Online.
  • “Nueva conciencia ecológica en algunos textos femeninos contemporáneos.” Latin American Literary Review 34:67 (January-June 2006). 111-127.
  • Online: student edition of La loca de Gandoca, ecofeminist short novel by Costa Rican author Anacristina Rossi, August 2005 (available to Furman campus readers only here)

Summary of recent professional activity

  • Conference panelist: Americas Society Symposium on Eco-literature in Latin America. Americas Society, Carnegie Hall’s “Voices from Latin America Festival”, Manhattan, NY, November 14-16, 2012.
  • Mellon Workshop: “Queering the Curriculum II” Mellon Conference, Vassar College, June 2012.
  • Mellon Workshop: “Queering the Curriculum I” Mellon Conference, Middlebury College, October 2011.
  • Conference presentation: “A Maturing Partnership: Furman University’s Latin American Civilization service-leaning and ESOL in Greenville Public Schools." South Carolina Service-Learning Conference, March 7, 2011. Prepared and presented with service-learning assistant Tabby Mendez.
  • Conference presentation:  “A Desire to Self Others in Limón Blues and Limón Reggae, the latest novels by Anacristina Rossi.” MIFLC 2009, Furman University.
  • Conference presentation: “Radical Questioning of Gender and Subjectivity in the 1980s:  Anacristina Rossi’s Maria la noche” at the 18th Conference of the International Association of Hispanic Women’s Literature and Culture, Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, October 16-18, 2008.

Summary of recent university-service activities

  • Co-Chair, Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Minor 2011-present
  • Chair, Appeals Committee 2012-present
  • Latin American Studies Concentration committee and Poverty Studies at-large Committee, from their inception to present.
  • Invited speaker:  “Cultural Identity.” Lilly Center For Vocational Reflection, February 4, 2010.
  • Opening Convocation Speaker, September 12, 2007.

Membership and leadership roles in professional organizations

  • The Modern Language Association
  • ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment)
  • LASA (Latin American Studies Association) 

Awards and other significant accomplishments

  • Furman Senior Order, 2011
  • SC Department of Higher Education Service-Learning Award, 2010
  • Service-Learning as Applied to a Latin American Civilization class, featured in Furman’s Engage Magazine March 1, 2007
  • “Most memorable Furman teacher” (named by Anne Reeves, alum and receiver of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award), October 22, 2005
  • Alester G. Furman Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Meritorious Advising Award, May 1999

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