Staff profile - Eugenia Demuro

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Dr Eugenia Demuro

Position: Senior Lecturer in Spanish
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SHSS Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 43861 +61 3 924 43861


Biography summary

Dr Eugenia Demuro holds a BA (Sociology) and BCA Hons (I) (Creative Writing) from The University of Wollongong (2004). In 2010, she was awarded her PhD from the University of Sydney. Her dissertation synthesised the long-running internal debates about Latin America’s political and cultural identity/ies, and showed how these debates shaped twentieth-century Latin American literature.

Dr Demuro's research interests span twentieth Latin American literature, cultural studies, social movements and de/colonial and postcolonial studies.

Prior to joining Deakin University to establish the Spanish Program, Dr Demuro held the position of Acting Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS), in the College of Arts and Social Sciences, at the Australian National University. In previous years, she has been employed as a lecturer, sessional academic, and research assistant (in Sociology, English and Spanish) at various universities in Australia (UoW, USyd, ANU).


  • Bachelor of Arts (Sociology), University of Wollongong, 2004
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours), University of Wollongong, 2004
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 2010


Student supervision

2012-2013. Principal Honours Supervisor.

Honours Spanish Program, School of Language Studies, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU.

El Realismo Mágico y El Movimiento McOndo. Un Análisis Comparativo.  Magic Realism and the McOndo Movement: A comparative analysis.



Research interests

Cultural Studies and Sociology
Latin American cultural theory: especially discourses and representations of Latin American identity in the 19th and 20th centuries; Modernity/Coloniality, Transculturation, Hybridity; political and cultural history of ‘modern’ Latin America (from conquest to the present).

Literary Criticism and Theory
Comparative literature: particularly the influence of the European Avant-Garde on 20th century Latin American fiction; Latin American Regionalism, Nueva Novela (New Novel) and Boom; Critical theory: Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Marxism; the connections of literary/linguistic structures to social movements; Modernism (European, Latin American), the French Nouveau Roman.




2012 "Civilisation and Authenticity: The search for cultural uniqueness in the narrative fiction of Alejo Carpentier and Julio Cortázar." Peter Lang: “Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies” Series. Vol. 25. New York.


2013 “The Lost Steps revisited: The critique of Western modernity and the search for authenticity.” A Contracorriente – A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America. North Carolina State University, Vol 10, No 3 (2013)

2012 “Examining ‘Latinidad’ in Latin America: Race, ‘Latinidad’ and the decolonial option.” Critical Race and Whiteness Studies. Special Issue: Directions and Intersections. Volume 8, Number 2.

2008 “Julio Cortázar: The Poetics of Exile.” Vitalpoetics: An International Journal of Critical Literary Theory, Vol.1 No.2. Online.


2007   “Exile: José Kozer’s Stet” Review. Jacket Magazine, 34 (October, 2007).

Edited Book

2011 With Alan Wearne, Tim Cahill, and Rob Wilson. 6 am in the Universe Selected Poetry of Benjamin Frater, Grand Parade Poets Press.


2010  “Five poems” (by Alejandro Carrizo). Trans. Eugenia Demuro and Timothy Cahill, in “Golden Tongues: The Arts of Translation” Southerly Vol. 70. N. 1. 2010. Australia

2007 Modulación Modulación (Book) A. Carrizo and Lito Demuro. Trans. Eugenia Demuro and Timothy Cahill. Ediciones Cuadernos del Duende, Jujuy, Argentina

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