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Lanie Millar

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-4031
  • Office: 406 Friendly Hall
  • Office Hours: M 3:30-4:30; W 11:00-11:50
  • Affiliated Departments: Comparative Literature Department, Latin American Studies
  • Interests: 20th-21st century Caribbean literature, Latin American literature, African literature, Lusophone literatures, Global South studies, Postcolonial studies, Critical Theory
  • Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin

M.A. in Spanish, Middlebury College

B.A. in English and Spanish, Baylor University


In my research, I am broadly interested in the circulation of of texts and tropes around the Global South, with a particular focus on the Caribbean and Africa. My book-in-progress, Literary Afterlives of the Cuban and Angolan Revolutions: A Poetics of Disappointment, examines how late 20th and early 21st century Cuban and Angolan novels revisit literary forms and practices associated with the early years of revolutionary enthusiasm. I show that these techniques, which together I call a poetics of disappointment, constitute a new formal and affective relationship to the histories of revolution shared across the South Atlantic. I am also at work on a project examining the Lusophone Negritude movement, and a new project on the portrayal of bodies devoid of life in Latin American literature. Languages: Spanish and Portuguese.



"La ironía en dos obras de Alejo Carpentier: El siglo de las luces y La consagración de la primavera." 200/ 100/ 50: Carpentier, la emancipación y las revoluciones americanas. Ed. Luisa Campuzano. La Habana: Letras Cubanas, 2015. 251-264.

"Circling the South Atlantic: Revolution in J. E. Agualusa's The Year That Zumbi Took Rio.The Global South 7.2 (2014): 87-109.

"Practices of the Plantation in La loma del ángel." Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Literatures 37.1 (2013): 92-112.

"Aguas inquietas: La Kianda en tres novelas angoleñas contemporáneas." Revolución y Cultura 1-2013: 16-22.

“A Friendship Forged With Blood: Cuban Literature of the Angolan War.” Romance Notes 52.3 (2012): 325-332.


“Postwar Politics in O herói and Kangamba.” The Global South Atlantic. Ed. Kerry Bystrom and Joseph Slaughter. New York: Fordham UP. In press.

     Book manuscript in progress:

"Literary Afterlives of the Cuban and Angolan Revolutions: A Poetics of Disappointment"

Courses Taught

Fall, 2017:

SPAN 353: Intro to Narrative, MW 2:00-3:20

SPAN 344: Hispanic Cultures Through Literature IV, MW 12:00-1:20

Offered Periodically:

Several courses may be available for upper-division Portuguese credit. Please see me to find out more.

Cultures of the Cuban Revolution in Context (Grad/ Undergrad)

Theorizing the Plantation (Grad/ Undergrad; Spanish/Portuguese)

Runaways, Rebellions and Revolutions in the Black Atlantic (Grad/ Undergrad; Spanish/Portuguese)

Afro-Latin American Literature (Grad/ Undergrad; Spanish/Portuguese)

The Latin American Dictator Novel (Grad/ Undergrad)

Hispanic Cultures Through Literature IV (SPAN 344)

Introduction to Narrative (SPAN 353)


M.A. Periods

3 and 4

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