Full-Time Faculty in Spanish
Dr. Karen J. Barahona, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish
Karen Barahona earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Georgia. Her research interests are 20th-21st Century Narrative in Latin American Women’s Literature, as well as gender, race, and sexuality in contemporary Central American women’s fiction. Her primary specialization is contemporary Latin American literature and culture, with a focus on the Central American narrative of the revolution. In the broadest of terms, her research represents an inquiry into cultural, political, and social processes in Latin America in the 20th-21st centuries. She proposes that, due to the revolutionary and political events in the late 1970s in Central America, specifically in Nicaragua and El Salvador, women had to redefine their search for equality from national and personal perspectives.
Additionally, Karen has studied the relationship between the socialist revolution and women’s emancipation in the Central American context. Her research analyzes the testimonial discourse that responded to the process of women’s emancipation in the revolution. To explain the efforts of testimonial literature toward building a national and individual identity, she focuses her research on theories of testimonial discourse, the representation of the Other, the search of the mother, the use of past/indigenous memory, and the decolonization in Third World Literature.