Latin American literature and cultural studies
Anthropology of adventure
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Joy Logan, Professor of Latin American literature and cultural studies, is the Graduate Chair for the Spanish MA and Advisor for the Latin American and Iberian Studies (LAIS) Minor. Her research and publications have primarily focused on narrative expressions of gender and ethnic identity construction, the anthropology of adventure, and contemporary environmental concerns in the Southern Cone. As a Fulbright scholar she researched women’swriting workshops in Argentina functioning during the Dirty War. Her early publications dealt with women’s writing collectives, Argentine historical novels, and authors such as Luisa Valenzuela, Tununa Mercado, Isabel Allende, Martín Kohan, and Jorge Luis Borges.
Prof. Logan’s later research interests and publications have centered on the anthropology of adventure and eco-critical and tourism studies with a focus on central-west Argentina where she has conducted extensive fieldresearch, especially on high-altitude mountaineering. She is the author of Aconcagua: The Invention of Mountaineering on America’s Highest Peak (University of Arizona Press: 2011). Her more recent publications have dealt with the history of water management, the conflicts concerning water rights, and place-branding in the wine-producing region of Mendoza.
Prof. Logan was awarded the Hawai’i Association of Language Teachers Award of Excellence, the UHM Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching, and the Regents’ Medal for Teaching Excellence. She teaches and has developed courses for both the Spanish and LAIS programs. Courses: LAIS 120 Islands, Islas, Ilhas & Global Exchange; 320 Vaqueros, Gauchos, Paniolo; 363 Latino Culture & Literature; 683 Hispanic Cultural Studies. SPAN: 352C Nations, Identities, Arts; 371B Warriors, Nuns, Rebels; 371C The Magical & the Real; 478 Hispanic Women’s Literature; 680 Spanish American Novel; 683 Spanish AmericanShort Story & Essay; 695 Seminar-Hispanic Literature.