Modern Languages & Literatures - Spanish

Angeles Rodriguez Cadena

Associate Professor of Spanish

Areas of expertise
Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture.


Ph D, University of Michigan 2002


January 01, 2011 - present
Fall 2008 to present Southwestern University, Assistant Professor of Spanish.


My main research interest is the fictional recreation of the collective past through written and visual narratives. I focus on the ways traditional and contesting pluralistic approaches to history through fiction articulate the purposes of a dialogic cultural discourse and create the notion of the collective construction of historical memory

Professional Work


Relajo and melodrama in the fictional portrayal of the Mexican Independence of 1810 in (Re) Collecting the past. History and Collective Memory in Latin American Narrative. Ed. Victoria Carpenter. Bern: Peter Lang, 2010, pp 89-110.

La novela Los pasos de López y el relajo literario en la independencia de México de 1810. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. BHS, 85 (2008): 695-716

Contemporary (Hi)stories of Mexico: Fictional Re-creation of Collective Past on Television.  Film and History. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies.  34.1 (2004): 49-55

Telenovela histórica: el mural animado de la historia de México. in Genelogías Imaginadas. Los Discursos de la Cultura Hoy. Edited by Javier Durán and Rosaura Monroy.  Michigan State University, The University of Louisville, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Casa Lamm: 2003,  pp 99-114

Seminars & Presentations

“Cultural Memory and the Fictional Portrayal of the Latin American Past on Television". International Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences Research, July 24-28, 2012. Paris, France.

“Construcción narrativa de la realidad en el cuento contemporáneo de la revolución mexicana”. 54 International Congress of Americanists, July 15-20, 2012. University of Viena, Austria.

Miguel Hidalgo entre textos: retazos de la historia de México en la ficción televisiva 1996-2010. XVII Congreso de Mexicanistas Juan Bruce-Novoa, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Irvine. April 28-30, 2011.

El pasado nacional como construcción narrativa o la historia es una telenovela. Interdisciplinary Conference on History and Fiction. University of West Georgia, Nov 12-14, 2009.

 La telenovela histórica o el mural animado de la historia de México at the Latin American Studies Association conference, June 11-14, 2009 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Groups & Affiliations