Women's and Gender Studies Claudia Femenias
Associate Professor of Spanish
Dr. Claudia Femenias earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Kansas, and her B.A. in English Literature and Education from the Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso. She is an Associate Professor of Spanish at High Point University, where her research focuses on contemporary Latin American literature, contemporary Chilean Literature, and Latin American women writers. Her course “Latin American Women Writers” is cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies and Spanish.
Dr. Femenias has presented papers at several international, national and regional conferences. In 2007, her article entitled “Taratuta by José Donoso: An Exploration on the Writer’s Responsibilities in Contemporary Chilean Society” appeared in Hispanofila. The article “Subjectivities of the Market: Marketing, best-Sellers and Female Subjectivity in Nosotras que nos queremos tanto y Antigua vida mía by Marcela Serrano” was published in Confluencias. More recently she has presented: “La desesperanza by José Donoso: Reflections on the role of art and the artist in an authoritarian society,” “La subjetividad femenina en la narrativa de Marcela Serrano” at the International Conference of Hispanic Literatures organized by the University of Pennsylvania, and “Marketing, Best Sellers y la subjetividad femenina” at the International Symposium: Women and Society in Latin America, organized by the Instituto Cultural Hispánico.
Additionally, Dr. Femenias is active in the greater Triad community. She was president of Amistad de Guilford, a non-profit organization through which she developed an after-school program for Hispanic children at Oak Hill Elementary School. As she explains, “I am interested in teaching our community the richness of the Hispanic culture, which was my objective when, in conjunction with the Greensboro Public Library and Greensboro College, I organized the first of many Latin American Film Festivals in 2000.” Dr. Femenias has also served as co-advisor of the Spanish Club at HPU since its beginning until the spring of 2007.