Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

M.A., University of Ottawa/Univ. de Granada/Univ. de Chile (2000)
M.A., Harvard University (2001)
Ph.D., Harvard University (2006)

Dr. Kim Beauchesne, an associate professor who specializes in Latin American colonial literature and postcolonial theory, has recently published a book entitled Visión periférica: marginalidad y colonialidad en las crónicas de América Latina (siglos XVI-XVII y XX-XXI). 
She has also co-edited a volume (with Alessandra Santos) entitled The Utopian Impulse in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
She specializes in colonial and postcolonial Latin American literature, with a particular emphasis on comparative colonialism, and was the co-organizer of the UBC Postcolonial Research Cluster. Other research and teaching interests include the notion of cultural hybridity, the relationship between human rights and literature, and the legacy of colonialism in contemporary Latin American literature and culture.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Colonial Latin American literature and culture
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Comparative literature
  • Notions of hybridity and multiculturalism
  • Translation Studies
  • Trans-Atlantic/Trans-Pacific Studies
  • Politics of utopia in Latin America
  • Legacy of colonialism in Latin American contemporary literature
  • Literature and human rights

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books
Visión periférica: marginalidad y colonialidad en las crónicas de América Latina (siglos XVI-XVII y XX-XXI) Madrid / Frankfurt: Iberoamericana / Vervuert, 2013.
Selected as Book of the Week by RTVE (Corporación de Radio y Televisión Española) in December 2013.

The Utopian Impulse in Latin America, co-edited with Alessandra Santos. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Articles, book reviews and book chapters
“La glorificación de la periferia del Nuevo Mundo: representaciones de Cabeza de Vaca en La Argentina (1602) de Martín del Barco Centenera y otros textos fundacionales del Río de la Plata.” Los géneros poéticos del Siglo de Oro: centros y periferias (co-ed. Rodrigo Cacho and Anne Holloway), Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2013. 217-32.

“La rebeldía de la locura: el caso de Lope de Aguirre y su apropiación por los psicólogos latinoamericanos contemporáneos.” Forthcoming in Revista Estudios, Universidad Simón Bolívar. 25 ms. pp.

“Resonancias coloniales: El interior de Martín Caparrós y la exploración contemporánea de la Argentina marginada.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 35.3 (Spring 2012): 467-90.

“Más allá del canon: los Comentarios de Pero Hernández y la problemática de la otredad.” Estudios coloniales latinoamericanos en el siglo XXI: nuevos itinerarios. Pittsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura  Iberoamericana, 2011. 149-66.

“‘Yo soy ahora un bandido’: la apropiación de la figura del rebelde en El Tirano Aguirre de Adolfo Briceño Picón.” Revista Iberoamericana LXXVII.236-37 (2011): 665-83.

Book review of From Lack to Excess: “Minor” Readings of Latin American Colonial Discourse by Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 35.2 (Winter 2011): 432-34.

“Comentarios irreales: el Diario del Inca Garcilaso de Francisco Carrillo Espejo y la apropiación contemporánea de un ícono nacional.” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana XXXV.70 (2009): 101-123.

Book review of Canibalia by Carlos Jáuregui, upon invitation. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos XLIII. 2 (May 2009): 17-20.

“Nuevas lecturas de La Florida del Inca.” Book review of Beyond Books and Borders: Garcilaso de la Vega and La Florida Del Inca.” Chasqui 37.1 (May 2008): 149-51.

“‘Yguatou’: La política del comer en Jean de Léry.” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana XXX.60 (Second semester 2004): 99 – 119.

“Lope de Aguirre’s Letter to King Philip of Spain.” Proceedings from First Early Ibero/Anglo Americanist Summit. Ed. Ralph Bauer. University of Arizona, May 2002. http://www.mith2.umd.edu/summit/Proceedings/Beauchesne.htm.

Other
Le Grand Dictionnaire des cooccurrences
. Eds. Kim and Maude Beauchesne. Completely revised, updated and augmented edition of Le Dictionnaire des cooccurrences by Jacques Beauchesne. Montréal: Éditions Guérin, 2009.

Winter 2017

SPAN222 Introduction to Hispanic Culture Sections

Media, figures, periods, and genres of Hispanic culture; key concepts, theories, and practices of cultural analysis that serve as a foundation for higher-level Spanish culture courses.

Winter 2017

SPAN364 Colonial Encounters in Spanish-American Literature and Culture Sections

Spanish colonialism in the Americas from the Conquest to the 1820's and the dawn of Independence. Includes coloniality, hybridity, subalternity, and autonomy.

Winter 2017

SPAN470E Imperial Eyes and Foundational Fictions: Topics in Spanish-American Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Culture - SP-AM CL< 19C Sections

Selected areas of study relating to colonial and/or nineteenth-century Spanish America. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.

Winter 2017

SPAN570A Spanish-American Colonial Literature - SP-AM COL LIT Sections