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Pianca, Marina

Professor of Spanish
Office: HMNSS 2515
marina.pianca@ucr.edu

Degrees

  • B.A. Comparative Literature 1971, Long Beach State University
  • M.A. Spanish and Portuguese 1973 UCLA
  • Ph.D. Romance Linguistics and Literatures 1984 UCLA

Biography

Professor Marina Pianca, born in Argentina of Italian parents,  joined the University of California Riverside in 1990.  She is currently Professor of  Latin American Studies, Theatre, Film and Visual Culture and former Chair of the Latin American Studies Program at UCR.  She came to UCR after having taught in Universities in Argentina, Panama, and the United States.  Professor Pianca received her Ph.D from UCLA in Romance Linguistics and Literatures (Spanish, French, Italian).  While at UCLA she also pursued an MFA in Film and Television.  Also trained at the Université d’Aix-Marseille and at the Sorbonne, in France, she is well versed in the articulations of Latin American, European and United States cultures.  After serving as co-curator of the First International Latin American Theatre Festival in San Francisco, California, in 1972, the American Theatre Association awarded her a Letter of Commendation for “having established the first bridges between Latin American and Chicano/Latino theatres in the United States” thus joining the pioneers of a then emerging discipline in the United States:  Latin American Theatre.  Since then she has published several books on Latin American Theatre and Cultural Studies, including Testimonios de Teatro Latinoamericano which enters into dialogue with the theatre that emerged in extreme circumstances: concentration camps in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, war zones in Nicaragua and Peru, women’s prisons, exile and neo-exile.  Since 1984 she is founder and editor of the journal Diogenes:  Anuario Critico del Teatro Latinoamericano,.  Professor Pianca also undertook Full Psychoanalytic training and practiced for close to a decade in California.  Her current project, The Dislocated Self is a book manuscript which addresses the many forms of dislocation present in this Post-Cold War era—from psychic dislocations produced by profound violence to hope to geographic, historical and ideological disarticulations of previous places of attachment.

Awards (Selections)

  • Letter of Commendation, American Theatre Association/Tinker Foundation
  • UCLA Fellowship
  • Saint Lawrence Research Award University (Panama)
  • Research Fellow, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 1990 and 1996
  • Research Fellow, University of California Humanities Research Institute
  • Resident Fellow, Center for Ideas and Society, UCR
  • Research Residency Iberoamericanishe Institut, Germany AELSAL (Asociación de Estudios de Literatura y Sociedad en América Latina)
  • Comisión Nacional Quinto Centenario (Spain) Award for Diogenes Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana Award for Diógenes

Former Institutions

  • State University of New York at Albany, 1987-89
  • St. Lawrence University, 1984-87
  • University of Nevada, Reno, 1984
  • Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Argentina 1973-75
  • Universidad de Panama, 1976  (Visiting Professor)

Books - Technical (Reviewed) by Marina Pianca

El Teatro de Nuestra América: Un Proyecto Continental (1959-1989), Institute for the Study of Ideologies and Literatures, Series "Hacia una Historia Social de las Literaturas Hispánicas y Luso-Brasileras." University of Minnesota, 1990.
Testimonios de Teatro Latinoamericano, Grupo Editor Latinoamericano, Editorial EMECE, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1991.
Popular Theatre in Latin America: The First Five Hundred Years. (Co-author with Judith Weiss et al.), University of New Mexico Press. 1993.


Edited Yearbooks by Marina Pianca

Diógenes: Anuario Crítico del Teatro Latinoamericano, Founder and editor. Volume I (1985). Sponsored by the Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana (Madrid) and the Comisión Nacional Quinto Centenario (Spain). Girol/ATINT, 1986, Canada.

Diógenes: Anuario Crítico del Teatro Latinoamericano, Founder and editor. Volume II (1986). Sponsored by the Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana (Madrid) and the Comisión Nacional Quinto Centenario (Spain). Girol/ATINT, 1987, Canada.

Diógenes: Anuario Crítico del Teatro Latinoamericano, Founder and editor. Volume III (1987). Sponsored by the Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana (Madrid) and the Comisión Nacional Quinto Centenario (Spain). Girol/ATINT, 1988, Canada.

Diógenes: Anuario Crítico del Teatro Latinoamericano, Founder and editor. Volume IV (1988). Grupo Editor Latinoamericano /EMECE, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1990.

Diógenes: Anuario Crítico del Teatro Latinoamericano, Founder and editor. Volume V (1989). Grupo Editor Latinoamericano /EMECE, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1990.

Diógenes: Anuario Crítico del Teatro Latinoamericano, Founder and editor. Volume VI (1990). Grupo Editorial Gaceta SA, Mexico, 199.

Diógenes: Anuario Crítico del Teatro Latinoamericano, Founder and editor. Volume VII (1991). Grupo Editorial Gaceta SA, Mexico, 1992.

Diógenes: Anuario Crítico del Teatro Latinoamericano, Founder and editor. Volume VIII (1992). Grupo Editorial Gaceta SA, Mexico, 1993. (Introduces a new section: "La mujer en el teatro latinoamericano")

Diógenes: Anuario Crítico del Teatro Latinoamericano 1993-1994 (Volumen doble), Founder and editor. Volumes IX - X (1995). McNaughton & Gunn Publishers, 1995. (Includes a new section: "La mujer en el teatro latinoamericano")

 

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