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Giovanna Montenegrogiovanna montenegro

Assistant Professor of Comparative
Literature and Spanish

Phone: 607-777-6566
Office: LT 1508

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Professor Giovanna Montenegro's interests include interdisciplinary intersections between Latin American and German Studies as well as Visual Culture. She is particularly intrigued by colonial travel narratives and cartography. She also works on the twentieth-century transatlantic Avant-Garde. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Davis (December, 2013) where she wrote a dissertation on the German conquest of Venezuela. In 2007, she received an MA in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University where she wrote a thesis on women's sexuality and the metropolis in the works of Teresa de la Parra and Irmgard Keun. In 2002, she received her BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Prior to joining the faculty at Binghamton, Dr. Montenegro worked as a Lecturer in the Department of German and the Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis.  In 2014 she participated in the NEH's Summer Seminar for College Teachers at the Newberry Library entitled "Mapping Nature in the Americas.” In 2017, Professor Montenegro received two short-term fellowships from the Newberry Library and the Huntington Library for research on her book manuscript tentatively titled Heretical Stains: German Bankers and the Conquest of Venezuela.

Some of her publications include:

“Conquistadors and Indians ‘Fail’ at Gift Exchange: An Analysis of Nikolaus Federmann's Indianische Historia (Haguenau, 1557)." MLN, 132 (2017): 272-290.

“Indigenismo and Futurism in Latin America: José Carlos Mariátegui and the Peruvian Avant-Garde.” International Yearbook of Futurism Studies: Special Issue: Futurism in Latin America. Vol. 7 (2017).

"Teaching El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega's Royal Commentaries along with Visual Representations of the Exploration, Conquest & Colonization of Peru."Approaches to Teaching the Works of Inca Garcilaso. Eds. Christian Fernandez and José Antonio Mazzotti. Prospectus for Volume Pre-Approved and Forthcoming.

"Futurism in Venezuela: Arturo Uslar Pietri and the Reviews Indice and válvula." In Günter Berghaus, Ed. International Yearbook of Futurism Studies. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012.

"Encuentros cinematográficos y tecnológicos en el aula." With Consuelo Cervantes and Valentina Velázquez-Zvierkova. Brújula. 8: 2010.

"Venezuelan Avant-Garde: María Calcaño's Erotic Poetry." In Renée Silverman, Ed. The Popular Avant-Garde. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010.

"Venezuela." Handbook of International Futurism. Ed. Gunther Berghaus. Berlin: De Gruyter. Forthcoming in 2017.


She has served as a delegate of the MLA's Delegate Assembly, and the MLA's Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession. She was also a Graduate Student Representative for the ACLA, and continues advocacy work on issues of diversity in higher education.

 At Binghamton she teaches courses for both the Comparative Literature and Spanish programs including Travel and Exploration; Intro to World Literature as well as Cultura de España y América Latina (Taught in Spanish) and Perspectivas de la naturaleza en España y Latinoamérica colonial (Taught in Spanish). In 2016 and 2017 Professor Montenegro has also led a service-learning study abroad course in Cuzco, Peru titled Sustainability in an Era of Globalization: History, Culture and Literature of the Andes. 

Last Updated: 12/19/17