Antonio Barrenechea, associate professor of English, specializes in literature of the Americas and the cinema. He is the author of "America Unbound: Encyclopedic Literature and Hemispheric Studies" (University of New Mexico Press, forthcoming), a study of the imagination of history in fiction from the United States, Mexico and Canada. His most recent publications include a co-edited special issue of Comparative American Studies on “Hemispheric Indigenous Studies,” and an article that contributes to the decennial “state of the discipline” report of the American Comparative Literature Association. Dr. Barrenechea has presented and chaired panels at national and international conferences organized by the American Comparative Literature Association, the International American Studies Association and the International Association of Inter-American Studies. He presently serves on the advisory boards of Comparative American Studies, the International American Studies Association and the International Association for Inter-American Studies.
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Barrenechea Appointed IAU College Resident Fellow in Aix-en-Provence, France (professional)
Antonio Barrenechea, associate professor of English, has been appointed the Institute for American Universities College Resident Fellow, Aix-en-Provence, France, for the academic year 2016-17. His residency will coincide with a sabbatical project on how the South American underground cinema reinvents Hollywood and European "trash" and avant-garde film sources.
Fordham University: B.A., Comparative Literature 1998
Yale University: M.Phil., Comparative Literature 2001
Yale University: Ph.D., Comparative Literature 2005
- Comparative American Studies
- Comparative Literature Association
- International American Studies Association
- American Comparative Literature Association
- International Association of Inter-American Studies
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It's the Summer of Love again as streaming services unleash romcoms for the season
"The Canadian literary theorist, Northrop Fry, provides insight into its origins. As with the seasons of the year, genres deploy archetypes of birth, maturation, decay, death, and rebirth, all within natural cycles," said Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington.
Why shows like 'Dead to Me' are helping us embrace dark comedy like never before
Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington has a different opinion of 21st Century's vicarious morbidity fans. "Dark humor responds to our absurd condition with the armor of world-weariness. Except that, of course, we also know we can't really laugh such troubles away — which is why dark humor has a fatalistic dimension built into it," he said.
Barrenechea Selected for Jessie Ball duPont Summer Seminar
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Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, has been selected to participate in one of the two 2014 Jessie Ball duPont Summer Seminars sponsored by the National Humanities Center.
Barrenechea Contributes to Multimedia Encyclopedia
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Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently published two film studies articles, one on John Boorman’s "Deliverance" (1974) and the other on Michael Cimino’s "The Deerhunter" (1978), in Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia (SAGE, 2013).
This special issue approaches Native American Studies across the Americas in order to emphasize connections between indigenous people that are often overlooked and/or suppressed in scholarship by both Native and non-Native scholars. Together, the ...
This essay locates the intellectual origins of comparative American studies in Herbert Eugene Bolton's “The Epic of Greater America” (1931). Bolton argued for a hemispheric approach to the study of history and laid the groundwork for a comparative ...
Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick" (1851) is read within a hemispheric American context of transmission across political and cultural borders. A reinterpretation is proposed of what many still regard as the Great American Novel by examining the national concerns of ...
Universal Studios' 1931 Anglophone and Hispanic adaptations of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" (1897) are placed in the context of the early sound cinema and the U.S. "Good Neighbor" policy. The Mexican horror and vampire cinema is analyzed in connection with ...
Antonio Barrenechea, associate professor of English, recently published the retrospective review essay “Thomas Pynchon, Literary Giant.” It is the lead essay in an issue on “Big Novels” for American Book Review 37.2 (2016).