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A REVIEW OF CONTEMPORARY MEDIA

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Sophia A. McClennen

Dr.  Sophia A. McClennen is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Women’s Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where she teaches inter-American literature, women’s world literature, media studies, and comparative cultural studies.  Her first book, The Dialectics of Exile: Nation, Time Language and Space in Hispanic Literature (Purdue 2004), is a comparative study of exile literature from Spain and Latin America.  Her second book, Ariel Dorfman: An Aesthetics of Hope, is forthcoming from Duke University Press. She has also co-edited, with Earl E. Fitz, a volume on Comparative Cultural Studies and Latin America (Purdue 2004) and with Henry James Morello, a volume entitled Representing Humanity in an Age of Terror (available on-line and forthcoming in book format from Purdue 2009). She has published and presented widely on comparative cultural studies and Latin America in journals such as College Literature, CR: The New Centennial Review, Comparative American Studies, MELUS, World Literature Today, A contracorriente, CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, Revista de estudios hispánicos, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Cultural Logic, and the ADFL Bulletin.

A firm believer in the potential of free-access websites to promote critical dialogue and advance scholarly and political engagement, McClennen has long been committed to using the Internet to advance the study of cinema and she hosts a website, Cinergía, dedicated to the study of Spanish, Latin American, and Latino cinema. The website includes a number of “movie files” that are useful teaching guides for films. The resources on the site are used by students and scholars across the globe. Her website, which also includes a number of resources, can be accessed here:

http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/s/a/sam50/.  

She welcomes comments on this essay, on her websites, or on any aspect of her work at: sam50@psu.edu.