Karen Spira received her B.A. from Brown University with a double major in Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature. She is currently completing her doctorate in Comparative Literature and will graduate in May 2013. Her dissertation, Narrative Activism in Mid-Century Latin American Fiction, offers a new account of the political and aesthetic interventions of mid-century fiction through narratological analysis of subtle, strange, and novel narrative strategies employed by two representative authors from the era, Peruvian José María Arguedas and Mexican Juan Rulfo. Her research interests include Andean and Mexican literature, the Latin American novel and short story, novel and narrative theory, constructions of race and ethnicity across the Americas, literature and ethics, and vanguardista poetry.
Karen is passionate about teaching, and especially about creating student-centered learning environments within higher education, in which students’ intellectual interests and academic needs play a fundamental role in shaping classroom interactions.