Antonio Barrenechea is the 2017 co-recipient of the Harrison and Marguerite Pittman Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Award from the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication. He specializes in literatures and cinemas of the Americas, and is the author of America Unbound: Encyclopedic Literature and Hemispheric Studies (University of New Mexico Press, 2016), a comparative study of colonial imaginaries in “masterworks” from the U.S., Latin America, and Francophone Canada. In relation to this book, the forthcoming “Hemispheric Studies Beyond Suspicion” was awarded the 2014-2016 prize for best essay by the International Association of Inter-American Studies. During a 2016-2017 fellowship to study cinema at the Institut Américain Universitaire in Aix-en-Provence, he lectured in Europe and was interviewed for the feature “The Hemispheric Muse” in the Italian journal América Crítica. Dr. Barrenechea is currently researching a new book with the working title: “The Groovy Gothic: Monster, Trash, and Exploitation Cinema of the Americas.” He has developed several courses at UMW, including a three-semester survey on the literatures of the Americas that ranges from pre-1492 to the present, and an honors course on exploitation cinemas from Thomas Edison to Quentin Tarantino. Dr. Barrenechea has served UMW in a leadership capacity through the James Farmer Multicultural Center, most recently by organizing a faculty panel on multidisciplinary approaches to Latino Literature for National Hispanic Heritage Month. He presently serves on the boards of the American Comparative Literature Association, the International American Studies Association, the International Association of Inter-American Studies, and Comparative American Studies: An International Journal.
Antonio Barrenechea in the News
- UMW Goes ‘All In’ With Lofty Goal for Giving DayThe University of Mary Washington is asking alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends to go “All In” for its third annual giving day on Tuesday, March 19. On Mary Wash Giving Day, also known as #MaryWashDay, donors can make gifts to areas across the University from midnight to 11:59… Read more »
- UMW’s Brompton Gets Big Date on ‘The Bachelor’The Bachelor filmed its 23rd season in exotic locales like Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam. But directors of the hit ABC reality series deemed UMW’s Brompton, where part of next week’s show was shot, one of the season’s most beautiful sites. Captured last October in a cloud of secrecy, the annual “hometowns”… Read more »
- Alumni Found Love – and Marriage – at Mary WashingtonNot too long ago, Sara Weinstein ’14 and Dylan Lockwood ’15 were toggling between classes together on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Combs. Both English majors, they were chasing their dreams and finding their futures as young undergrads. A study group they formed on their own brought a new kind of… Read more »
- Cast Gets Just Desserts in UMW’s ‘God of Carnage’Mary Washington theatre students are cooking up something special for their new production, God of Carnage. The comedic commentary on the modern-day strains of remaining civil amid controversy runs Feb. 14 to 24 in UMW’s Klein Theatre. A special pay-what-you-can preview presentation takes place tonight at 7:30. Two pairs of well-to-do… Read more »
- UMW Named Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. StudentsOnce again, the University of Mary Washington has been named to the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Students. The top Fulbright producers are listed in the February 11 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Each year the U.S. Department of State’s… Read more »