Stephanie M. Pridgeon

Assistant Professor of Spanish



Roger Williams Hall, Room 309

Latin American Studies


Stephanie Pridgeon holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from Emory University (2015), an M.A. in Spanish from University of Virginia, and a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from College of Charleston.

At Bates, she teaches in the Spanish department and in the Latin American Studies program. In addition to teaching beginning and intermediate language and culture courses she has designed and taught courses on: gender and sexuality in Latin American literature, Jewish Latin American Cinema, protest and resistance music and poetry, revolution and civil war, and testimonial literature and film. Stephanie is also passionate about study abroad and has extensive teaching experience in both Spain and Latin America.

Specializing in 20th– and 21st-century Latin American film and literature, her research focuses on the intersections of ethnicity, gender, religion, and politics as depicted in recent cultural productions. Her forthcoming book, Revolutionary Visions: Jewish Life and Politics in Latin American Film, analyzes representations of Jews in political movements in recent Latin American film, arguing that Jewish participation in revolutionary groups was both a logical progression of patterns of participation in political groups established in Eastern Europe and upon immigration to the Americas and, at the same time, a major disruption in Jewish life and culture. For this reason, a growing corpus of recent film from Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile has sought to address the complexities of Jewish participation in revolutionary politics. She was recently awarded a “Jews in the Americas” Visiting Research Fellowship by the University of Florida’s Price Judaica Library to conduct research for the manuscript. In a second book-length project, she explores Jewishness in relation to categories of blackness and indigeneity throughout the Americas.

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles:

“Casas tomadas: Leopoldo Brizuela’s Una misma noche.” Forthcoming in Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies

“‘The Kindness of Strangers’: Kinship and Intertextuality in Todo sobre mi madre and Una suerte pequeña.” (Co-authored with Katherine Ostrom, Emory University) Forthcoming in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Metamorphoses of 1968: The Israeli-Palestinian Question in Tomás Abraham’s La dificultad.” Forthcoming in Latin American Perspectives 46.3 (May 2019)

Silences Between Jewishness and Indigeneity in Eduardo Halfon’s Mañana nunca lo hablamos.Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 42.1 (2017): 99-121.

La biblioteca de la militancia revolucionaria: Archivo y retaguardia en El espíritu de mis padres sigue subiendo en la lluvia de Patricio Pron.Hispanic Studies Review 2.2 (2017): 208-233.

“‘Yo creo que terminé todas mis guerras’: Friendship and Politics between Jews and Non-Jews in Jeanine Meerapfel’s El amigo alemán.Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 51.1 (2017): 101-125. DOI: 10.1353/rvs.2017.0005

Exposing Mechanisms of Truth and Memory: Regimes of Truth in 21st-century Latin American Documentary: Autobiography, Testimonial Language, and the Politics of Production.” alter/nativas: latin american cultural studies journal 6 (Spring 2016).

The Revolution’s Neverending Stories: Liliana Heker’s El fin de la historia.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 25.1 (2016): 83-103 DOI: 10.1080/13569325.2015.1091298

Book Reviews, Review Essays, Encyclopedia Entries:

Diálogo de voces: Nuevas lecturas de la obra de María Rosa Lojo. Ed. Marcela Crespo Buiturón. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (2020, Forthcoming).

Screening Subjects: Gender and (Trans)Nationalism in Latin American Film and Literature. Chasqui 48.2 (2019), R15-R24. (Review Essay)

Here We Are to Build a Nation: Recent Jewish Latin American Documentaries.”  Latin American Research Review 53.3 (2018): 627-631. (Review essay)

Escribir el espacio ausente: Exilio y cultura nacional en Díaz, Wajsman y Bolaño. Antonio Gómez. Rev. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. 51.1 (2017) 199-201. DOI: 10.1353/rvs.2017.0014

Latin American Solidarity with Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions. Ed. Henri Gooren, Springer (2017)
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_269-1