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Brenda Werth Associate Professor and Director of Latin American and Spanish Studies Department of World Languages and Cultures

PhD, Rutgers University

Favorite Spot on Campus
Katzen Arts Center
Brenda Werth’s research interests include Latin American theater, performance, documentary film, memory studies, human rights, gender, social movements, and translation. She teaches courses on Latin American literature and human rights; performance, memory, and activism; documentary forms in Latin America; and community-based Spanish translation. She is author of the book Theatre, Performance, and Memory Politics in Argentina (Palgrave 2010); co-editor (with Paola Hernández and Florian Becker) of Imagining Human Rights in Twenty-First Century Theatre: Global Perspectives (Palgrave 2013); and co-editor (with May Summer Farnsworth and Camilla Stevens) of Escrito por mujeres (LATR Books, University of Kansas 2013). In 2018 she received an NEA literary translation fellowship (with April Sweeney) to translate the Argentine play Fauna, by Romina Paula. Her current research explores the politics of non-fiction in twenty-first-century Argentine theater and film. A second project examines performative responses to gender-based violence in theater and protest across Latin America.
See Also
World Languages and Cultures
For the Media
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Fall 2022

  • HNRS-050 Honors Supplement

  • SPAN-455 Southern Cone Perf/Memory/Act

  • SPAN-458 Intro to Spanish Translation

  • SPAN-494 Comm Service Learning Project: Intro to Spanish Translation

  • SPAN-554 Classics of Latin American Lit

Spring 2023

  • SPAN-357 Intro to Latin American Lit

  • SPAN-394 Comm Service Learning Project

  • SPAN-458 Intro to Spanish Translation