Lecturer of Spanish
Instructor in Arts One (Authority and Resistance)
Director of FHIS Learning Centre

M.A., Michigan State University
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Brianne Orr began teaching at the University of British Columbia in 2010.  She specializes in Latin American literature and culture of the 20th century.  Her research incorporates the study of revolution and democracy in relation to gender, class and ethnicity in Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Mexico in 20th century literary, visual, and cultural texts.  Brianne’s most recent research project explores how and why a new masculinity that struggles to break with traditional machista praxis dominant in patriarchal societies emerges in five rebel narratives that represent different phases in the history of Latin American revolutions beginning with the Cuban Revolution (1959) and ending with the Contemporary Zapatista Movement in Mexico (1994).  Other related research interests include cultural and political theory, (post)revolutionary literature, iconography, and film.


  • 20th Century Latin American Literature and Culture
  • Gender and Masculinities Studies and Theory
  • Cultural and Political Theory
  • Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Studies
  • The legacy of Revolution and Revolutionary Voices and Images in Post-Revolutionary Literature, Culture, and Societies
  • The mythification of public figures in Latin America, particularly rebel leaders
  • Writing Center Use and Theory for Second Language Learners


“Subcomandante Marcos’ Didactic “I”: Building a More (Politically) Correct Form of Democracy in Mexico”.

Cracking the Male Code: The Politicization of Gender in Latin American Guerrilla Literature.


From Machista to New Man?: Omar Cabezas Negotiates Manhood from the Mountain in Nicaragua.”  Ciberletras: Revista de crítica literaria y de cultura.  Sección especial: la representación de la masculinidad en la literatura contemporánea latinoamericana22 (December 2009).

“La masculinidad en crisis: un estudio sobre el deterioro del sujeto masculino en La nada cotidiana de Zoé Valdés.”  Caribe: Revista de Cultura y Literatura 10:1 (Summer 2007): 65-84.

Winter 2017

SPAN221 Introduction to Hispanic Literature Sections

Major texts, authors, periods, and genres of Hispanic literature; key concepts, terminology, and practices of literary analysis that serve as a foundation for higher-level Spanish literature courses.

Winter 2017

SPAN280 Revolution! (in English) Sections

Concepts, theories, and practice of protest, revolt, and revolution in the Hispanic world, highlighting the intersection of politics and culture through novels, poetry, letters, diaries, and/or historical accounts of specific revolutionary uprisings.