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, ‘€œThe Invisible Giant: The Place of Brazil in Latin American Studies,‘€ The Ohio State University, 2001
  • NEH Summer Institute Participant, ‘€œRoots: The African Background of American Culture, through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade,‘€ University of Virginia, 1998
Languages
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • French
Overseas Experience
  • Cuba
  • Puerto Rico
  • Argentina
  • Ecuador
Selected Publications
  • Forthcoming. “Racial Pathology, Resistance, and Recovery in the Queloides and Drapetomanía Exhibitions.” Afro-Hispanic Review.
  • 2017. “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: Latin American Cultural Studies, Film and Literature in Latin America, Modern Readings in Spanish

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

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"The Past is a Foreign Country" and "Landscape Fever" Premiere at New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS) and The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute (CCSI) at Tulane University will again sponsor several films in this year’s New Orleans Film Festival. We are excited to support a diverse mix of films, including several narrative features, documentaries, and experimental shorts. In addition, CCSI director Dr. Ana López will lead a series of Q&A’s with select directors.

“The Past is a Foreign Country” and “Landscape Fever” are Spanish-language short films directed by Gabrielle Garcia Steib, sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Via New Orleans Film Festival website:

The Past is a Foreign Country addresses the past as an idea of which we have control, particularly to discuss the intersection of communities in New Orleans with those in Latin America”.

Landscape Fever is a short film that addresses the narrative of a Honduran immigrant corroded by violence upon her path migrating to New Orleans. Using archival footage filmed along the U.S. / Mexican border, and sound designed by Udit Duseja merged with field recordings- the viewer may step into the world of a traumatic yet common experience that occurs among the borderlands.”

Individual passes are not available for short films. However, the NOFF offers a “Virtual Shorts Pass” for $55.00 that allows access to all short films. This pass can be purchased here

"Landfall" Premiere at New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS) and The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute (CCSI) at Tulane University will again sponsor several films in this year’s New Orleans Film Festival. We are excited to support a diverse mix of films, including several narrative features, documentaries, and experimental shorts. In addition, CCSI director Dr. Ana López will lead a series of Q&A’s with select directors.

Landfall, is an English-language Puerto Rican documentary film, directed by Cecilia Aldarondo.

Via New Orleans Film Festival website:
“A kaleidoscopic portrait of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane María, Landfall investigates a storm of much greater magnitude: the economic crisis crippling the island long before María arrived.”

Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is sponsoring this film. More information and tickets are available here

Cuban Slavery and the Atlantic World

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The Gilder Lehrman Center‘€™s 22nd Annual International Conference provides a forum for discussion of the study of Cuban slavery and emancipation today, placing the island‘€™s history within the wider Atlantic world. Over the past few decades, the study of Cuban history has been an increasingly international effort. Cuban historians have interacted more and more with colleagues from abroad, with discussions grounded in the unique primary sources found in the rich Cuban archives. These scholars have demonstrated the importance of understanding Cuban slavery within the context of the Atlantic world and broad colonial networks of domination and resistance. This conference brings together scholars from Cuba and abroad working on the transatlantic slave trade, resistance, systems of control, abolition and emancipation, and the memory and legacies of slavery in Cuba. Join us for in-depth conversations about the present and future of understanding slavery and its long aftermath in this crucial part of the world.

"Verde" Premiere at New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS) and The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute (CCSI) at Tulane University will again sponsor several films in this year’s New Orleans Film Festival. We are excited to support a diverse mix of films, including several narrative features, documentaries, and experimental shorts. In addition, CCSI director Dr. Ana López will lead a series of Q&A’s with select directors.

Verde, is a Spanish-language, Dominican feature film, directed by Alfonso Morgan-Terreno.

Via New Orleans Film Festival website:
“When a bystander is killed during the robbery of a goldmine, the spilled blood stains more than the three men responsible, saturating the tight-knit fabric of their tiny Dominican village, seeping into the landscape itself. In a feature debut that pairs clear-eyed observation with ghostly intelligence, Alfonso Morgan-Terrero takes a familiar story, a dark passage of revenge and bloodshed, and sinks its noirish elements deep into the texture of its surroundings: rough-hewn structures, alleys of broken rock bathed in grimy orange streetlight, and the enveloping green of the forest. Under the film’s hypnotized gaze, kinship, brotherhood, and enmity are blurred and masquerade as one another”.
-Jonathan Kieran.

Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is sponsoring this film. More information and tickets are available here

"Right Near the Beach" Premiere at New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS) and The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute (CCSI) at Tulane University will again sponsor several films in this year’s New Orleans Film Festival. We are excited to support a diverse mix of films, including several narrative features, documentaries, and experimental shorts. In addition, CCSI director Dr. Ana López will lead a series of Q&A’s with select directors.

Right Near the Beach, is an English-language, Jamaican feature film, directed by Gibrey Allen.

Via New Orleans Film Festival website:
“After the death of famous runner Jeffrey Jacobs, the Jamacian public becomes enamored with the details of his life and speculates as to the motivation behind his murder. Jeffrey’s father, a reserved and kind farmer, struggles to grieve while inundated by the inescapable coverage. Through moments of blinding rage and quiet contemplation, the camera is a window into a life burdened by the death of a child that will never know justice. Against a backdrop of beautiful vistas, Right Near the Beach takes a lyrical approach to the exploration of homophobia in Jamaica. Rather than treat the murder as a voyeristic mystery, the film challenges us to contemplate the anguish of loss while everyone else debates the value of one person’s life”.
-Greta Hagen-Richardson

Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is sponsoring this film. More information and tickets are available here

Summer in Cuba Information Session

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Learn more about the Cuban and Caribbean Institute‘€™s flagship study abroad program. Summer in Cuba is open to Tulane and non-Tulane undergraduate students from all years and majors. Plus, public Health majors have a unique opportunity to earn credits abroad with the Public Health in Cuba track.