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Faculty Profile

Mariana Past

Associate Professor of Spanish (2006)

Contact Information

pastm@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 124
717.245.1833

Bio

Professor Past's research focuses on Spanish and Francophone Caribbean literature, including issues of migration/exile, Haitian-Dominican relations, and representations of the Haitian Revolution. Her articles have appeared in the Revista de la Casa de las Américas, Afro-Hispanic Review, Revista del Caribe, Global South, Journal of Haitian Studies, Cultural Dynamics, sx salon, and Atlantic Studies. She co-edited (with Natalie Léger, CUNY Queens College) Toussaint Louverture: Repensar un icono (2015) and co-translated (with Benjamin Hebblethwaite, UFL) Michel-Rolph Trouillot's (1977) Ti difé boulé sou istoua Ayiti [Stirring the Pot of Haitian History] from Haitian Creole to English. She has also published poetry and prose translations in Metamorphoses, Transition, and World Literature Today. Professor Past teaches courses that emphasize the overlapping histories and cultures of people in the Caribbean and the broader diaspora, challenging notions of cultural production in terms of national linguistic blocks.

Education

  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1994
  • M.A., Duke University, 2002
  • Ph.D., 2006

2021-2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish
This course is a continuation of Spanish 101. The course focuses on all four langage skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with increasing emphasis on speaking. Prerequisite: 101. Upon completion, students go to 201.

LALC 385 U.S. Latinx-Caribbean Lit
Cross-listed with SPAN 385-01.Students who took LALC/SPAN 351 "U.S. Latinx-Caribbean Literature" with Prof. Past in Fall 2020 cannot take this course for credit since it is a repeat of the content. This class studies significant cultural, literary, and historical topics concerning U.S. Latinx, Chicanx, and/or Latin American and Caribbean communities and diasporas. A sampling of topics includes: The Mexican-American Border; Nueva York, Diaspora City; U.S. Latinos: Between Two Cultures; Latina/o Poetry; New Latino Narratives; Latina Writers; Afro-Latino Cultural Production in the U.S., Semiotics and the Aesthetics of Latina/o Cinema. Specific class topic to be decided by professor.

SPAN 385 U.S. Latinx-Caribbean Lit
Cross-listed with LALC 385-01.Students who took LALC/SPAN 351 "U.S. Latinx-Caribbean Literature" with Prof. Past in Fall 2020 cannot take this course for credit since it is a repeat of the content. This class studies significant cultural, literary, and historical topics concerning U.S. Latinx, Chicanx, and/or Latin American and Caribbean communities and diasporas. A sampling of topics includes: The Mexican-American Border; Nueva York, Diaspora City; U.S. Latinos: Between Two Cultures; Latina/o Poetry; New Latino Narratives; Latina Writers; Afro-Latino Cultural Production in the U.S., Semiotics and the Aesthetics of Latina/o Cinema. Specific class topic to be decided by professor.