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Dr. Mariana C. Zinni joined the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures in 2008 as Assistant Professor of Hispanic Literature with a specialization in Colonial Latin America. Dr. Zinni earned her Ph.D. (2008) and M.A. (2004) from University of Pittsburgh. In addition, she holds a Graduate Certificate in West European Studies (University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh). Her undergraduate education included a Profesorado en Letras (1999) and a Licenciatura en Letras (2001) from Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Argentina where she was a researcher at the Centro de Teoría y Critica Literaria (UNR).
Dr. Zinni is interested in problems of mimesis and narration in early American chronicles and Historias de Indias. She is focusing her investigation on the hermeneutical and epistemological core problems surrounding the discovery and conquest of America as well as the imaginary process of invention and constitution of the New World. She is working on her book, La crisis de la hermeneusis cristiana en el Nuevo Mundo: Fray Bernardino de Sahagún y los Doce Franciscanos, about the dialogues conducted in 1624 between the first twelve Franciscan friars and the tlatoani, a group of wise nahuas. The project explores rhetorical devices forced by the indigenous peoples upon the friars, and the ideas of a Christian modernity and effectiveness of evangelization.
Her research and publications include Colonial Latin American Literature and Culture, contemporary and Neo-Baroque Latin American prose, and literary theory. Currently, Dr. Zinni is working on a research project on Surandean Paintings from colonial times in Northern Argentina and Bolivia.
Prof. Zinni also serves as a Coordinator of advance Spanish Language Instruction. She teaches a broad range of classes, from advance language to graduate courses, especially Early Colonial Literature in Latin America (with diversity of topics, i.e.: "Bodies, Sexualities and Love Relationships in Colonial Latin America", "Criollo Consciousness in Spanish America: Art and Literature in Colonial Times", "Latin American Colony Through the Cinemascope: (Re)Visions of Colonial Text by the Film Industry", etc.), and Colonial Literature and Emerging Criollo Voices in Spanish America with an emphasis in early modern colonial textuality and visual culture.