Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Marilyn Miller

Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info
mgmiller@tulane.edu

Department Affiliation
Spanish & Portuguese

Degrees

  • B.A., Biola University, English, 1983
  • M.A., University of Washington, English Literature, 1986
  • M.A., University of Oregon, Comparative Literature, 1991
  • Ph.D., University of Oregon, Comparative Literature, 1995

Academic Experience

  • Sizeler Professor in Jewish Studies, Tulane, 2017-
  • Associate Professor, Tulane, 2005-
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2001-2005
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, 2002
  • Assistant Professor, Catholic University of America, 1997-2001
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Oregon, 1998

Research & Teaching Specializations: New World and Trans-Atlantic Studies, Jewish Latin American Studies, Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures, Race and Hybridity, Caribbean Discourse, Francophone and Anglophone Literature, Slavery and Text, African Diasporic Literatures and Poetics in the Americas, Translation Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Caribbean and Trans-American studies

Related Experience

  • Co-Coordinator, Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame conference, Tulane University, 2016
  • Resident Co-Director, Tulane Summer in Argentina, 2016
  • Resident Director, Tulane Semester in Cuba, 2012, 2015
  • Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University, 2009-2012
  • Member of Editorial and Review Boards for “Comparative Literature,” “Revista de Estudios Hispánicos,” and “Latin American Music Review,” “Latino Studies,” and the Palgrave Series in Latin American Music and Literature
  • Coordinator, Virtual Caribbeans Conference, Tulane University, 2008
  • Co-coordinator for the symposium “Re/Viewing the Revolution: Fresh Perspectives on Cuba, 1959-2009,” Tulane University, 2009
  • Director, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Catholic University of America, 1997-2001

Distinctions

  • Sizeler Professorship in Jewish Studies, 2017-2020
  • Fulbright Flexible Teaching-Research Fellowship in Argentina, 2016-2017
  • Stone Center Summer Research Fellowship, 2012, 2013
  • Lurcy Research Fellowships, 2008, 2009, 2013
  • Yale University Library Research Fellowship, 2005
  • Deep South Regional Humanities Center Research Grant, 2005
  • NEH Summer Institute Participant, “The Invisible Giant: The Place of Brazil in Latin American Studies,” The Ohio State University, 2001
  • NEH Summer Institute Participant, “Roots: The African Background of American Culture, through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade,” University of Virginia, 1998

Languages:

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • French

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming. “Racial Pathology, Resistance, and Recovery in the Queloides and Drapetomanía Exhibitions.” Afro-Hispanic Review.
  • Forthcoming. “Movimiento y estasis en los viajes interamericanos de José Martí.” Boletín de Literatura Comparada 42.
  • 2017. “Roberto Diago and the Past in Present Times” ArtonCuba, September-November.
  • 2017. “El funyi de Gardel. Cada día luce mejor.” In Pasado de moda, edited by Regina Root and Susan Hallstead, Ampersand, 172-187.
  • 2016. “Sardonic Recurrence and Barking Dogs in Julio Cortázar’s Library of Tangos.” Hispanic Review 84(1): 1-23.
  • 2015. “Padura transatlántico.” A contracorriente 13(1): 105-27.
  • 2015. “Ringside with Cuba’s National Poet.” Hispania 98(1): 123-38.
  • 2014. Tango Lessons. Movement, Sound, Dance and Image in Contemporary Practice. Editor. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2014. “Introduction: The Tango Continuum” and “Picturing Tango.” In Tango Lessons: Movement, Sound, Dance and Image in Contemporary Practice. Marilyn Miller, editor. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2013. “Lives and Afterlives of José María Silva’s Gardel Portraits.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 22(4): 417-435.
  • 2010. “Reading Juan Francisco Manzano in the Wake of Alexander von Humboldt.” Atlantic Studies 7(2): 162-189. Special Issue, “Alexander von Humboldt’s Transatlantic Personae,” ed. Vera M. Kutzkinski.
  • 2008. “‘The Soul Has No Color’ but the Skin Does: Angelitos negros and the Use of Blackface on the Mexican Silver Screen, ca. 1950.” In Global Soundscapes. Mark Slobin, ed. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press. 241-257.
  • 2008. “‘Tengo de árabes noble descendencia’: orientalismo y el retorno al país natal en Zafira de Juan Francisco Manzano.” In Moros en la costa. Orientalismo en Latinoamérica. Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, ed. Madrid: Iberoamericana. 91-110.
  • 2005. “Slavery, Cimarronaje and Poetic Refuge in Nancy Morejón.” Afro-Hispanic Review. 24 (2): 103-25.
  • 2005. “Rebeldia narrativa, resistencia poetica y expresion ‘libre’ en Juan Francisco Manzano.” Revista Iberoamericana. LXXI (211).
  • 2004. Rise and Fall of the Cosmic Race: The Cult of Mestizaje in Latin America. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Jewish Latin American Cultural Expressions; Perfoming Latino Identities; Immigration, Migration and Exile in Latin America; Music on the Page, from Rumba to Reggaetón; Latin American Cultural Studies; Film and Literature in Latin America; Modern Readings in Spanish; Hispanic Cities: Buenos Aires; Hispanic Cities: Havana; Caribbean Realisms; El Caribe a Flote

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 6

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Celebrate Caribbean culture and heritage during Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans

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Bayou Bacchanal, the original Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans, is back for its 16th annual celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage. Presented by Friends of Culture, Bayou Bacchanal will include two days of Caribbean cuisine, dance, music and celebration.

World Wide Dance
Beginning Friday, November 2 stop by the newly-opened, Algiers based, Haitian restaurant Rendezvous, for World Wide Dance. This late-night dance party begins at 10:00 p.m. and doesn’t end until the final dancer clears the floor. Enjoy live sets by locally and regionally based, Trinidadian DJ Phil and DJ Spice. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door and includes access to the World Wide Dance celebration. A cash bar and bites from Rendezvous will be available for purchase.

Bayou Bacchanal Parade and Party
After an evening of dancing and celebrating, rest up for the annual Bayou Bacchanal Parade on Saturday, November 3. Assembly begins at 11:00 a.m. and the parade takes off at noon from Harrah’s. Parade-goers are welcome to come dressed in traditional carnival attire while engaging, marching and dancing to the beats of Soca music along with Casa Samba throughout the French Quarter. The parade’s final destination will be at North Peters & Mandeville Street where the party will then transition to Crescent Park.

From 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. several Dancehall, Soca and Reggae performers will grace the Bayou Bacchanal stage for this daylong festival. Guests can expect live performances by local, national and international artists such as: Soca Artist Preacher, Pan Vibrations, Tigress of Trinidad & Tobago, and Mystic of Trinidad & Tobago.

Beats will be provided by DJ Spice and hosted by Lady Pepper. Authentic Caribbean foods, drinks and special merchandise will be available for purchase. Trini Lisa and Boswell’s will be among the official vendors for Bayou Bacchanal 2018. Fest-goers can expect Caribbean staples such as salt fish, curry goat and roti. Tropical drinks including ginger beer, passionfruit juice and Sorrel will also be available. Guests are also encouraged to dress in tradition Carnival attire for a chance to win a grand prize of $2000.

Admission to the Bayou Bacchanal fest is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information on Bayou Bacchanal or Friend of Culture, visit their onsite information booth during the festival or click here.

Bayou Bacchanal Post Party
Closeout Bayou Bacchanal at Island Flavor Bar and Grill and enjoy tasty Caribbean bites, music and dancing. DJ Ray will be spinning beginning at 11:00 p.m. Celebrate the closing of Bayou Bacchanal with a bang!

Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821

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On Wednesday, November 14, the Latin American Library at Tulane University will host Dr. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library, for a talk titled, Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821.

This presentation is part of the Tulane University Women’s Association’s Jane and Herbert Longenecker Lecture Series. The event is dedicated to María García Daly.