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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Rebecca Janzen

Title: Associate Professor of Spanish & Comparative Literature
Director of Graduate Studies
Department: Language, Literature and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-0473
Office: Welsh Humanities Office Building 908
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Department of Language, Literature and Cultures
Rebecca Janzen

Rebecca Janzen is McCausland Fellow and Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is a scholar of gender, disability and religious studies in Mexican literature and culture whose research focuses on excluded populations in Mexico. Her first book, The National Body in Mexican Literature: Collective Challenges to Biopolitical Control (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015), explored images of disability and illness in 20th century texts. Her second book, Liminal Sovereignty: Mennonites and Mormons in Mexican Culture (SUNY, 2018), focused on religious minorities. Unholy Trinity: State, Church and Film in Mexico (SUNY, 2021) deals with film and religion in Mexico, and Unlawful Violence: Law and Cultural Production in 21st Century Mexico (Vanderbilt, 2022), is about human rights, law, and literature. The Plett Foundation, the Kreider Fellowship at Elizabethtown College, the C Henry Smith Peace Trust and the Newberry library in Chicago have supported her research.

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