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Dr Adelso Yanez

Senior Lecturer Spanish Programme

PhD (University of Montreal, Canada, 2003)
Master of Arts in Spanish (University of Ottawa, 1996)
Bachelor in Hispanic Letters (University of Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela, 1994)

: +64 3 4795995

Office: Arts 3S4


My primary field of interest lies in a new approach to the study of 19th Century Latin American newspapers that describes processes such as nationalism, the urge of the citizens of new nations, and modernity in Latin America. My secondary field of interest lies in Social Realism in Latin American Literature (Puerto Rico, México, Guatemala, Argentina). Recently, I have become interested in a contemporary corpus that consists of stories and novels from the late 20th Century and the early 21st Century, covering texts that discuss death and funeral rituals. I have also worked on the presence of African slaves in Central and South American Literature, which has influenced, for instance, dance and religion, especially in countries such as Dominican Republic, Brazil, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, and Cuba. More recently, I have conducted research on Subaltern Studies texts giving some preference to Colombian and Mexican narrative. In this corpus I have studied matters as sexuality, diversity and morality. My current project is about 3 Latin American Contemporary novels: The Discourse of the Black Novel 41 (Rogelio Guedea), The problem of the Immigration in 'The Ulysses Syndrome' (Santiago Gamboa) and What you do not know yet about the ice fish (Efraim Medina Reyes).

SPAN231 Intermediate Spanish 1
SPAN232 Intermediate Spanish 2
SPAN243/343 Latin American Popular Culture
SPAN251/351 Latin American Cultural Travel


Yanez, A. (2022). La sangre y la esperanza de Nicomedes Guzmán. Proceedings of the Seminario de estudios hispanos en Nueva Zelanda (NUHSS). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Yanez, A. (2022). Constructos ficcionales sobre la migración de ciudadanos colombianos hacia Venezuela: una historia no contada. Proceedings of the Association of Iberian & Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA) Conference: Just Futures: Exploring Pathways of Futurity and Justice. (pp. 27). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Yanez Leal, A. L., & Mora-Ballesteros, L. (2021). Memoria y fractura social en El ruido de las cosas al caer de Juan Gabriel Vásquez [Memory and social fracture in El ruido de las cosas al caer by Juan Gabriel Vásquez]. Argus-a: Artes & Humanidades, 11(42), 1-15. Journal - Research Article

Yánez Leal, A. (2021). El exilio, juego de la memoria, en Una isla, de Rafael Cadenas [The exile, memory game, on an island, by Rafael Cadenas]. In L. L. Fernández & L. Mora-Ballesteros (Eds.), Transgresiones en las letras iberoamericanas: Visiones del lenguaje poético [Transgressions in Iberoamerican letters: Visions of contemporary poetic language]. (pp. 189-206). Los Angeles, CA: Argus-α. Chapter in Book - Research

Yanez Leal, A. L. (2021). Modalidades discursivas en el género del realismo social latinoamericano: Estudio pragmático y socio-crítico. Berlin, Germany: Peter Lang, 184p. Authored Book - Research

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