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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
Email: janzenr@mailbox.sc.edu
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 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 (forthcoming, Vanderbilt), 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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