PhD 2001 University of Toronto, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese
MA 1996 University of Toronto, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese
BA (Honours) 1995 University of Toronto, Universidad de Granada, Spain (1993-1994)
Cristina Santos received her doctorate from the University of Toronto with a specialization in contemporary Latin American women writers. Her current research and scholarship reflects an interest in investigating the “monstrous” depictions of women. From an inter-disciplinary and hermeneutical approach she investigates how these “aberrations” of “feminine” nature differ markedly--either in intelligence, social adjustment, and/or sexual behaviour--from what is considered to be within acceptable limits of women’s socio-cultural. An intrinsic component to her ongoing research into this dialogue of “monstrosity” is a discussion of the concept of a marginalized, denied, silenced, and censored feminine sexuality and its direct relationship with the construction of an authentic feminine identity as opposed to a socio-culturally defined one.
She teaches in the department's Iberian and Latin American Studies, the Master's program in Studies in Comparative Literatures and the Arts as well as the Centre for Women's Studies.
Editorial / Advisory Boards:
Steering Group member, Monsters and the Monstrous Conference Hub, Inter-Disciplinary.net, Oxford, England.
Editorial Board member, Journal of Monsters and the Monstrous, Oxford, England.
Spanish and Portuguese Board Director, Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA). www.nemla.org/
Monstrous Deviations in Literature and the Arts. Cristina Santos & Adriana Spahr (eds.) Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011. 304 pp+xii pp.
The Monster Imagined: Humanity's Re-Creation of Monsters and Monstrosity. Cristina Santos & Laura Davis (eds.) Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2010. 223 pp+xi pp.
Defiant Deviance: The Irreality of Reality in the Cultural Imaginary. Cristina Santos & Adriana Spahr (eds) New York: Peter Lang, 2006. 151 pp.
Bending the Rules in the Quest for an Authentic Feminine Identity: Clarice Lispector and Carmen Boullosa. New York: Peter Lang, 2004. 157 pp.
Morell, Arturo. De poli a diva
y de regreso / From Cop to Diva
and Back. Bilingual edition. Trans. Cristina Santos. Mexico City: Godot Intercultural, 2007. 85pp.
Selected Courses Taught at Brock:
Graduate (Master’s program: Studies in Comparative Literature and the Arts):
· SCLA 5P73 – Witches, Vampires and Virgins: The Monstrous Representation of Women
· MLLC 3Q90 – Foreign Languages and Information Technology
· PORT 1F00 – Introductory Portuguese
· PORT 1F90 – Intermediate Portuguese
· SPAN 1F00 – Introductory Spanish
· SPAN 1F90 – Intermediate Spanish
· IBLA 1P95 – Hispanic Culture
· IBLA 2P19 - Spanish Grammar and Composition
· IBLA 2P21 – Research Methods and Textual Analysis II
· IBLA 2P82 – Latin American and Iberian Film
· IBLA 4P01 – Latin American Women’s Perspectives [WISE 4P01]
· IBLA 4P60 – Women in Hispanic Literature: Witches, Vampires, and Virgins [WISE 4P60]