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Lanie Millar

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  • Title: Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Phone: 541-346-4031
  • Office: 406 Friendly Hall
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 12:30-1:3; Thursday 2-3 and by appointment
  • 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
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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. Research for this project has been supported by the Kluge Center at the U.S. Library of Congress and the Luso-American Development Foundation/ Arquivo Nacional Torre do Tombo in Lisbon, Portugal. I am also at work on a project examining the Lusophone Negritude movement, and a new project on speculative geographies and bodies devoid of life in Latin American literature.

Languages: Spanish and Portuguese.



“Postwar Politics in O herói and Kangamba.” The Global South Atlantic. Ed. Kerry Bystrom and Joseph Slaughter. New York: Fordham UP, 2018. 207-224.

"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.


"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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