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Faculty Profile

Mariana Past

Associate Professor of Spanish (2006)

Contact Information

Bosler Hall Room 124

Office Hours for Spring 2021: Mondays 2:00-4:00 pm EST & by appointment


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.


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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish
This course is a continuation of Spanish 102. The course focuses on all four langage skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with increasing emphasis on writing and speaking. Prerequisite: 102 or placement by department. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

SPAN 231 Spanish Composition
This seminar explores cultural production from and about Cuba's Oriente region, an area culturally distinct from Havana. What historical memories, migratory patterns, and resistance efforts inform narratives from this area? What enduring tensions exist between Cuba's capital and its Eastern side? How has writing served as a tool of resistance in Oriente, providing alternative perspectives on cubanidad (Cubanness) that have shaped discourses of national identity, including race, class, and gender? Students will read and respond to a wide range of texts (short stories, films, poems, and a novel); particular emphasis will be placed on critical analysis and writing skills, as well as the writing process. The objective of this course is to prepare students to continue their studies of Spanish, study abroad, and understand a unique part of the Caribbean region with an informed and nuanced perspective.