Elzbieta Sklodowska

Randolph Family Professor of Spanish
PhD, Washington University
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Elzbieta Sklodowska's fields of interest include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Caribbean narrative; literary and cultural theory; Cuban narrative and culture; poetics and politics of memory; testimonial literature.

She has published widely on topics pertaining to Spanish American literature (60 articles or book chapters), including the following books: Testimonio hispanoamericano: historia, teoría, poética; La parodia en la nueva novela hispanoamericana (1960-85)Todo ojos, todo oídos: control e insubordinación en la novela hispanoamericana (1895-1935)Espectros y espejismos: Haití en el imaginario cubano. She has co-authored or co-edited the following books: Huellas de las literaturas hispanoamericanas (co-authored with J. Garganigo, R. de Costa, G. Sabat-Rivers, A. Luiselli, B. Heller); La presencia de la literatura latinoamericana en Polonia (co-authored with Elzbieta Milewska and Irena Rymwid-Mickiewicz); Roberto Fernández Retamar y los estudios latinoamericanos (edited with Ben Heller). Her latest book, Invento luego resisto: El Período Especial en Cuba como experiencia y metáfora (1990-2015), published by Editorial Cuarto Propio (Santiago de Chile) in 2016, explores the ways in which literature, art, and film in post-1991 Cuba reflect upon the dramatic changes experienced on the island after the collapse of the Soviet system. 

Her research and writing are closely linked to her teaching. In collaboration with Prof. Joseph Schraibman and with the support of the College of Arts and Sciences she helped develop a freshman “Focus” seminar on Cuba (2001-2017), which allowed several cohorts of students to travel to Cuba during spring break. The Graduate Student Senate acknowledged her contributions to graduate education with a Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Mentoring award. In 2012, she was awarded Honorary Professorship in Literature from the Universidad del Norte in Asunción (Paraguay).

Sklodowska has served as chair of the Department (2003-2010) and General Co-Editor of Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (1999-2010), as well as on the Faculty Council of Arts & Sciences, the Academic Planning Committee, and the Graduate Education Task Force. More recently she was a faculty ambassador to the Universidad de Chile on behalf of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy (2010-18) and a member of the PMLA Editorial Board (2015-17). She is looking forward to her role as Director of the Madrid Spanish Language Institute, beginning in the summer of 2019.

Her current project is tentatively titled Alternative Lineages: Contemporary Cuban Women Writers and Artists. Portions of this book in progress have appeared as a chapter (“No Laughing Matter: Post-Soviet Cuba in the Orbit of Postmodern Parody”) in Postmodern Parody in Latin American Literature: The Paradox of Ideological Construction and Deconstruction edited by Helene Weldt-Basson (Palgrave 2018).

Espectros y espejismos: Haití en el imaginario cubano

Espectros y espejismos: Haití en el imaginario cubano

Espectros y espejismos

Haití en el imaginario cubano

Elzbieta Sklodowska.

Este libro responde a un impulso de abordar los desencuentros cubano-haitianos desde una perspectiva predominantemente crítico-literaria, un tema aún no muy estudiado en el área de los estudios literarios y culturales. En términos metodológicos, Espectros y espejismos no se apoya, en modo alguno, en una sola aproximación. Mientras la autora va apelando a algunos conceptos específicos (lo abyecto de Julia Kristeva, la semiótica del miedo de Iuri Lotman, la heterología de Michel de Certeau, los lugares de memoria de Pierre Nora), siempre busca una alianza productiva entre la teoría y los textos primarios y trata de evitar el peligro de aprisionar la literatura en el lecho de Procusto de la rigidez teórica