Eunice Rojas grew up spending the school year in Atlanta, Georgia and her summers in Barcelona and the Catalan Pyrenees. After completing an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Classics at Emory University, she took a long detour through law school in both Puerto Rico and Barcelona before returning to Spanish studies at the graduate level. She then earned her M.A. in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Spanish focusing on contemporary Latin American Literature at the University of Virginia. Before coming to Furman she spent a decade teaching Spanish and Latin American literature in Central Virginia.
Dr. Rojas studies contemporary Latin American, and particularly Southern Cone, literature dealing with discourses of political, social, or cultural resistance to oppression. While her dissertation and first book focused on Argentine narrative, currently she has turned her attention to music grappling with political and social justice issues from all parts of the Spanish-speaking world, but principally from Chile. Her latest book project examines anti-Americanism and anti-capitalism in Chilean music from the 1960s renewal of folk music to today’s hip-hop.
Books and edited volumes:
- Spaces of Madness: Insane Asylums in Argentine Narrative. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014.
- The Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism. Co-edited with Lindsay Eades. New York: Praeger Press, 2013.
- “Teaching Latin American Resistance Music in the Spanish Curriculum.” Teaching Popular Music in the Classroom: Essays. Ed. Dave Whitt. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, Forthcoming.
- “Rapping for a Revolution: Latino Hip-Hop Artists and the 2016 Presidential Election.” You Can’t Always Campaign with the Song You Want:The Role of Music in the 2016 Presidential Election Eds. Eric T. Kasper and Benjamin S. Schoening. Denton, TX: University of North Texas Press, Forthcoming.
- “Pulling at the Stake of Oppression: Lluís Llach’s Catalan Nationalism from Dictatorship to Democracy.” The Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism. Eds. Lindsay Eades and Eunice Rojas. New York: Praeger Press, 2013.
- “Spitting Phlegm at the System: The Changing Voices of Anti-Colonial Puerto Rican Protest Music. The Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism. Eds. Lindsay Eades and Eunice Rojas. New York: Praeger Press, 2013.
- “Ricardo Piglia’s Schizophrenic Machine: The Madness of Resistance in La ciudad ausente.” Hispanet Journal 6 (2013).
- “El efecto del pronombre locativo hi/ý en la evolución de los usos locativos de ser y estar en castellano y catalán.” Estudis Romànics 35, (2013).
- “Madness as Redemption in Ulysses’ “Circe” Episode” Papers on Joyce 16 (2010).
- Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies
- Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Association
- Latin American Studies Association
- Modern Language Association
- State Bar of Georgia, 2002 to 2017.
Honors & Awards
VFIC Mednick Fellowship Award, 2017
Ph.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Georgia
J.D., Universidad de Puerto Rico; Licenciatura en Derecho Universitat de Barcelona; B.A. Emory University