• Ariela Parisi
  • Ariela Parisi
  • Graduate Student, Teaching Assistant
  • Degree Program: PhD in Spanish Literature and Culture
  • Office: Academic Bldg. Rm. 5187
  • Phone: 848/932.6449
  • Bio: Ariela Parisi is a PhD candidate at the Spanish and Portuguese department at Rutgers University. Her research interests include Latin American speculative fiction with a focus on the representation of violence and social trauma in contemporary works of Science Fiction and Horror from the Southern Cone and Brazil. She received the Fellowship for Portuguese Teachers from Middlebury Language Schools and The Tres Marias Research Fellowship from the Spanish and Portuguese department at Rutgers. Prior to joining Rutgers University, Parisi received her MA in Spanish at Ohio University.
  • Research Interests: Southern Cone, Memory Studies, Speculative Arts, Film Studies, Latinex Speculative Fiction, Afrofuturism, Indigenous-Futurism.
  • Abstract of Dissertation Work: My transregional project aims to unite two tangents: contemporary Latin American speculative arts (2000-2022) and the cultural memory of recent dictatorial pasts — including the legacies and consequences of their neoliberal policies — in countries such as Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Brazil. Defining the term "speculative arts" in relation to Latin American cultural memory represents an aporetic challenge that this work aims to overcome. My project understands speculation as a transfiguration of memory practices that help build the future and overcome the precarious present. In my chapters I explore texts of Brazilian Afrofuturism, Latin American Gothic and narratives of Indigenous Futures from the Brazilian Amazon and the Andes.