Ph.D., Contemporary Latin American literature, University of California,Davis. Degree received in March of 1989. Interdisciplinary Dissertation: Octavio Paz and the Language of Poetry: A Psycholinguistic Approach. Directors: Daniel Rancour Laferrière and Hugo Verani; Master of Arts, Spanish Literature, University of California, Davis, April 1982. Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Literature, California State University, Sacramento, French Minor, December, 1980.
During the years that Dr. Holbrook taught at U.C. Davis, CSU Stanislaus, and CSU East Bay, she worked successfully with a large multicultural alumni. From her coursework, research, and job experiences, she acquired a variety of skills and developed the expertise needed to teach any Spanish language, culture, or literature courses.. She has also taught literature in translation (English). She functioned as the sole Latin Americanist in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at CSUEB for several years and has taught an unusually wide array of upper-division courses.
Dr. Holbrook served as Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at California State University, East Bay for the last six years (2004-2010). As a Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at CSUEB, Dr. Holbrook is interested in all topics linked to Latin America: language, literature, culture, anthropology, politics, history and the arts. The courses she teaches at CSUEB have an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural focus. She is affiliated with both Latin American Studies and International Studies at California State University, East Bay. Her research orientations are varied: Mexican literature and culture, contemporary and colonial Latin American literature, the works of Octavio Paz, mythology, women authors, comparative literature, psycholinguistics (Jungian archetypes in literary language), the new historical novel, historiographic metafiction and the philosophy of history. She is currently working on a book: Women Writers in the New World: Anne Bradstreet and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and is editing her second book about the poetry of Octavio Paz.
Dr. Holbrook has lectured in Europe (University of Athens, Cambridge University) and also extensively in the United States and Mexico where she has presented numerous lectures and projects and has collaborated with multiple institutions and organizations: National Art Palace in Mexico City, University of Hidalgo in Mexico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, El Colegio de México, La Casa del Poeta and the Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia, among others. She has also extensively contributed to cultural projects, lectures, and events with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco in order to provide extracurricular activities for CSUEB students, the East Bay community and beyond. She also collaborated with San Francisco's main public library where she lectured on several occasions and promoted joint events between CSUEB, San Francisco Public Library and its communities. She organized several binational conferences involving participants from both Mexico and the United States.
Convergencias: acercamientos interdisciplinarios a la obra poética de Octavio Paz (in press). Octavio Paz and the Language of Poetry: A Psycholinguistic Approach. American University Studies series XXII: Latin American Studies, Vol. 6, New York, Peter Lang. November of 1992 (268 pages)
Historical Metafiction and Moctezuma II in Llanto: Novelas Imposibles by Carmen Boullosa International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 11, pp.273-282. "New
"La metaficción historiográfica y la filosofía de la historia en el contexto de la nueva novela histórica en México" (in progress).
"Elementos mitológicos precolombinos en 'Piedra de Sol' de Octavio Paz" Proceeds of the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities.
"Prólogo" in Cantares de un alma gitana de María Nélida Mendoza. Colombia, Gente Nueva Editorial, Colombia, pp. 9-13.
"Homage to Roman Jakobson: 'Entre lo que veo y digo' in Arbol Adentro by Octavio Paz." The American Journal of Semiotics, Vol. 17, No.1 (Spring 2001), 163-182.
"Confluencia de textos y voces en la poesía de Francisco X. Alarcón, Poemas Serpiente: una invocación azteca." Explicación de textos literarios, Vol. XXVI-2, pp. 20-42.
"Escritoras mexicanas contemporáneas: Ascensión Tun de Silvia Molina". Explicación de textos literarios, Vol.XXVI-1, pp. 80-90.
"La colección de arte de Jacques y Natasha Gelman" (Gaceta, Centro Cultural Mexicano, April, 1997-98)".
"Poesía de convergencias: mitología cosmogónica en 'Movimiento' de Octavio Paz." University of California Riverside, Commemorative Series, Otras voces: ensayos sobre la poesía y prosa de Octavio Paz, Vol. 11, pp. 55-67.
"El Preclásico" (Gaceta, Centro Cultural Mexicano, April, 1996)."
"The Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir in Mexico: Rosario Castellanos." Simone de Beauvoir Studies, Vol. 10, 165-173.
"Homenaje a Roman Jakobson: Arbol adentro, 'decir hacer' de Octavio Paz". Explicación de textos literarios, Número especial, Camilo José Cela y Octavio Paz: Premios Nóbel, Vol. XX-2, pp. 75-87.
"Automorphic Structures in the Grammatical Space of 'Custodia' by Octavio Paz." Dispositio, Vol. XV, No. 40, 28-51.
"Poetry as Spatial Art: 'Topoemas' by Octavio Paz," The American Journal of Semiotics, Vol. 7, No. ½, 125-143.
Works in Progress
- La metaficción historiográfica y la filosofía de la historia en el contexto de la nueva novela histórica en México.
- Women Writers in the New World: Anne Bradstreet and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz "The New Historical novel: Madero el otro by Ignacio Solares"
- "Memory, History and Forgetting: Narrating History in Carmen Boullosa’s Narrative": University Abad Oliba in Barcelona, Seventh International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (June , 2012).
- "New Historical Novel in Mexico: Llanto, novelas imposibles by Carmen Boullosa": University of Cambridge, Fifth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (August 4, 2010).
- "Historical Metafiction: The New Historical Novel in Latin America": University of Athens, Fourth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (July 8, 2009).
- "Pre-Colombian Mythology in 'Piedra de sol' by Octavio Paz": Hawaii International Conference on Arts and the Humanities (January 12, 2009).
- (Winter and spring) Organized a Mexican Film series at CSUEB: Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, González Iñárritu, Carlos Reygadas.
- "La metaficción historiográfica y la filosofía de la historia en el contexto de la nueva novela histórica": International Colloquium at the National Museum of Anthropology and History in Mexico City, September 2006.
- Presented and organized a lecture by Chicano poet Gary Soto at CSUEB (Biella Room, 2006).
- Presented and organized a lecture by Elizabeth Martínez: Immigrant Rights for All of Us at CSUEB (Biella Room, 2006).
- Presented and organized a lecture by film Director, David Riker on his film "La Ciudad/The City" (a metaphor of the migrant experience) at CSUEB (Biella room, 2006).
- Presented Colombian Author Jaime Riascos and organized a dramatic performance of two Colombian short stories by Gabriel García Márquez: "The Angel and the Magic Woman" from oral tradition and "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" at CSUEB (Arts &Education, 2005).
- Presented the Great Author Series: (CSUEB, Biella Room, winter and spring 2004).
- Lectured at the Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library: "Commemorating the Centennial of Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda." (July, 2004).
- In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, she organized—in collaboration with the Catalan Consortium of Foreign Promotion of Cultures—a Guitar Recital: "The Golden Polyphemus: from Spain to Latin America at CSUEB (University Theater, 2003).
- Presented and organized a bilingual poetry reading by Chicano poet Francisco X. Alarcón (one of three nominees for Poet Laureate of California at CSUEB (Arts and Education, 2003-04).
- Presented author, John Ross Biella Room, at CSU East Bay and organized the presentation of John Ross' lecture: The Meaning of the Mexican Revolution After 92 years (November 29, 2002).
- "Celebrating Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath" San Francisco Public Library (she lectured and presented his book, in a Spanish version at the San Francisco Public Library (October 17, 2002).
- "Historical and Literary Elements in the Grapes of Wrath." San Francisco Public Library (she lectured and held a class at San Francisco Public Library, October 30, 2002).
- "Nuevos valores de la narrativa: Daniel Sada en la novela contemporánea mexicana", Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Ciudad de México (September, 2002).
- Presented Mexican author, Mónica Lavín, on campus and co-organized Lavín's book presentation of her novel, Café Cortado, Biella Room at CSUEB (May 28,2002).
- Presented and organized the presentation of three Mexican authors: Juvenal Acosta, Mónica Lavín, and Alvaro Uribe, Barnes and Noble, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA (May 30, 2002).
- Presented Dr. Rivera Marín (daughter of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera) and organized the Global Speaker Series presentation by Dr. Guadalupe Rivera Marín, Arts and Education , California State University, East Bay (October 26, 2001).
- "Chilean Theatre: 'The Altar Piece of Yumbel'" by Isadora Aguirre (she lectured in collaboration with Women Studies and the Drama Department). California State University, Hayward (November 1999).
- "El legado de Rodolfo Usigli y de Carlos Solórzano al teatro latinoamericano", Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (August 1999).
- Presented Mexican author, Adriana Navarro, and organized the presentation of her book, Cuentos deTierra y Aire, at La Casa del Libro, in San Francisco (May 14, 1998).
- Presented Mexican author, Adriana Navarro, and organized the presentation of her book, Cuentos deTierra y Aire, at CSU, East Bay May 13, 1998).
- "Literature without Borders; Mexican and Chicano Writers in Collaboration" III, held in Mexico City at La Casa del Poeta (she organized the conference- involving twelve authors- and lectured, November 1997).
- "Literature without Borders: Mexican and Chicano Writers in Collaboration" II, presented at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco (she organized the conference-involving twelve authors-and lectured, October 17, 1996).
- "Literature without Borders: Mexican and Chicano Writers in Collaboration," presented at the University Theater, California State University, East Bay (she organized the conference-involving twelve authors-and lectured, October 16,1996).
- "Snake Poems: an Aztec Invocation de Francisco X. Alarcón," presented a lecture and organized a reading of poetry by Chicano poet Francisco X. Alarcón at la Casa del Poeta in Mexico City (July, 1996).
- "The Other Revolution: Art in Mexico after 1920" presented at the Victoria Theater in San Francisco for the Consulado de México, the Centro Cultural Mexicano and The Latin American Film Society (November 19, 1995).
- "La nueva poesía mexicana: Aurelio Asíain: (presented a brief lecture and organized a poetry reading by poet Aurelio Asíain), California State University, Hayward (Spring, 1995).
- "La nueva poesía mexicana: Aurelio Asíain" (presented a brief lecture and organized a poetry reading by poet Aurelio Asíain), California State University, Sacramento (Spring, 1995).
- "Contemporary Mexican writers: Silvia Molina" at California State University, Hayward (November 1994).
- "The Legacy of Simone de Beauvoir in Mexico: Rosario Castellanos." Simone de Beauvoir Society, Palo Alto (January, 1993).
- "Pre-Hispanic Images and Themes in the work of Octavio Paz": California State University, Hayward (November 24, 1992).
- "Pre-Hispanic Images and Themes in 'Piedra de sol' by Octavio Paz": Contra Costa University Extension June 2, 1992).
- "Pre-Hispanic Images and Themes in Latin American Literature": California State University, Hayward (March 2, 1992).
- "Octavio Paz and The Language of Poetry": Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, in Mexico City (September 4,1991).
- "An Interdisciplinary Approach in Verbal Art: Psychology and Linguistics": National Art Palace in Mexico City (September 3, 1991).
- "A Psycho-Linguistic Approach to the Poetry of Octavio Paz": National Autonomous University in Mexico City (September, 1990).
- "Poetry as a Spatial Art: Topoemas by Octavio Paz": University of Hidalgo in Mexico (September, 1990).
- "Howard Phillips Lovecraft: His Life and Works": National Art Palace in Mexico City (September 1990).
- Recipient of a Supplemental NEH Grant for Website Enhancement 2011-12
- Review panelist for NEH Sumer Seminars and Institutes (2011)
- Recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for a Summer Institute for her project: “Dialogues in the Americas: Mexican Literature and Culture in Context, held in Mexico City the year 2010-11
- Visiting professor for Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, California, 2011
- La Salle’s Honorary Certificate, 2011
- Assessor and co-organizer of cultural and literary projects in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate, the Mexican Cultural Center in San Francisco and the Mexican Museum in San Francisco.
- Recipient of the Research Scholarly Creative Award: 1997, 1995, 1993
- Recipient of the Affirmative Action Faculty Development Grant: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989
- Recipient of the UCD Dissertation-Year Fellowship 1987-88
- Recipient of Regent's Fellowship for the year 1983-84
- Nominee for the "Best Teacher Award" 1983-84
- Recipient of Regent's Fellowship for the year 1981-82
- Director of the NEH Institute: “Dialogues in the Americas: Mexican Literature and Culture in Context,” organized in collaboration with CSU, East Bay, Saint Mary’s College and La Salle University in Mexico City, 2011.
CSUEB Programs Abroad
- Director of the Summer Program in Mexico, 2007
- Director of the Mexico Summer Program, 1995
Spanish: Native Speaker
English: Near-native Speaker
French: Advanced knowledge: reading, writing and conversational
Italian: Reading and conversational ability
Latin: Two years of study
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