Jennifer Valko 2015

Jennifer M. Valko

Associate Professor
Hispanic Studies
252-328-5526 (phone)
252-328-6233 (fax)
Austin 314 (office)
Dept. Foreign Languages & Literatures
East Carolina University Mailstop #556
Greenville, NC 27858-4353


B.A. Spanish and Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder Magna Cum Laude
M.A. Spanish, Washington University, St. Louis
Ph.D. Spanish American Literature, University of California, Davis
   · Special Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition


FORL 2760 Latin American Cinema
FORL 2760 Latin American Culture through Film
SPAN 4700/5700 Seminar: Latin American Travel
SPAN 4562 Latin American Texts of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries
SPAN 4560 Major Latin-American Authors
SPAN 3330 Advanced Spanish Composition
SPAN 2550 Approaches to the Study of Hispanic Literatures
SPAN 2441 Latin-American Culture and Civilization
SPAN 1001-1003 Spanish Levels I-III

Research Interests

Nineteenth-Century Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies
Nation Building and Identity Formation
Migration and Diaspora
Tourism and Travel Writing

Dr. Valko researches and teaches in the fields of 19th and 20th century Latin American literary and cultural studies. Her research examines such issues as tourism, immigration, nationalism, and identity in non-fictional texts. Dr. Valko is particularly interested in Germanic migration and diasporic communities, the rhetoric of transnational commerce, and cross-cultural representations in the contexts of Argentina and Chile. Currently, she is revising a book manuscript about how Argentine national identity is redefined by prominent local and Germanic immigrant authors.

Select Publications


  • "Transnational Mercenaries as Agents of Argentine National Construction in Moritz Alemann's Immigration Propaganda (1874-1908)." German Studies Review. (Forthcoming)
  • "Negociacón de una identidad germano-argentina en Der Medizinmann am Lanin de Bertha Koessler-Ilg." Revista Iberoamericana. LXXVII (2011): 2001-2018.
  • "La desmitificación del inmigrante alemán en Don Helmuth, el colono de Carlos Fuenzalida Valdivia." Acta Literaria. 40.1 (2010):45-69.
  • "Tourist Gaze and Germanic Immigrants in Roberto Arlt's Aguafuertes patagónicas." Revista Hispánica Moderna. 62.1 (2009): 77-91.
  • "Soñar con el futuro. Proyectos inmigratorios para la Patagonia argentina en Roberto J. Payró y Teodoro Alemann." Iberoamericana. América Latina - España - Portugal. 30 (2008): 27-45.

Book Reviews

  • ¿Ocasión para reinventar la identidad nacional chilena? Reflexión intelectual y conmemoración ante el Bicentenario. A Contracorriente 7.1 (2009). 273-279.
  • Szurmuk, Mónica. Women in Argentina: Early Travel Narratives. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2000. Studies in Travel Writing 7.1 (2003):106-108.




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