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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba

Core Faculty Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Associate Professor
Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba


  • Phone: 512.471.4936
  • Office: BEN 3.130
  • Office Hours: T 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm; TH 1pm-2pm
  • Campus Mail Code: B3700



Héctor Domínguez Ruvalcaba received his PhD in Hispanic Literature from The University of Colorado at Boulder. He is an associate professor at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UT Austin where he teaches Queer Latin American Literature and Culture, Latin American Modernism and film. He has published the books La modernidad abyecta. Formación de discurso homosexual en Latinoamérica (Xalapa: Universidad Veracruzana, 2001), Modernity and the nation in Mexican Representations of Masculinity (New York: Palgrave, 2007); co-authored the book Desmantelamiento de la ciudadanía y políticas de terror en la Frontera Norte (Mexico Eon-UAM, 2011). He has also edited the volumes: Entre las duras aristas de las armas: violencia y victimización en Ciudad Juárez (CIESAS: 2006); Gender Violence at the US-Mexico Border (University of Arizona, 2010); and Diálogos interdisciplinarios sobre violencia sexual (FONCA-Eón, 2012). His areas of interest are queer Latin American Studies, gender violence in the US-Mexico Border and criminal organizations in Mexico


WGS 340 • Gender Contemp Lat Amer Cinema

48015 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BEN 1.122
(also listed as LAS 370S, SPN 350K )
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Topic 1: Gender Issues in Contemporary Latin American Cinema. Same as Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 24: Gender Issues in Latin American Cinema). Studies Latin American cinema as a device of gender system formation and reinforcement, and as criticism of patriarchal hegemony; discusses questions related to sexuality depicted in Latin American films. Subjects covered include: maternity, prostitution, machismo, children's sexuality, homosexuality, heterosexuality, and gender violence in films from the 1930s to present. Conducted in Spanish. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Latin American Studies 370S (Topic 24), Spanish 350 (Topic: Gender in Contemporary Latin American Cinema), 350K (Topic 1).

WGS 340 • Violence In Contemp Mex Cul

47330 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BEN 1.122
(also listed as LAS 370S, SPN 350 )
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This course will be devoted to the study of literary texts, art pieces, and films dealing with violence in Mexico in recent years.  The class will discuss the characteristics of these representations and how they can lead us to understand social, economic, and political processes that generate violent events. The questions we are going to address are: what are the aesthetic, ethic, and political implications of the representations of violence? How can we understand Mexican society and gender system through the analysis of these narratives? What are the strategies that these works suggest for the solution of such difficult reality?

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