Kerry Hegarty

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Associate Professor of Spanish and Film Studies
Areas of Specialization: 

Latin American Film, Theatre, Literature and Culture

Affiliate in the Film Studies Program and the Latin American Studies Program


Ph.D., Emory University
B.A., Vassar College


Originally from New York, Professor Hegarty has lived, worked or studied in Spain, France, Germany, Mexico and Argentina. At Miami she has led student trips to Antigua, Guatemala and Cartagena, Colombia. Her research focuses on the intersection of aesthetics, politics, culture and industry in Latin American film, specifically Mexican film, and on the transnational exchange between Latin America and Hollywood.

Selected publications:

"Female Specters: The Gothic Horror Films of Carlos Enrique Taboada." Flow. 19:07, February 2014.

"Cosmopolitan Aesthetics in the Films of Carlos Reygadas." Flow. 19:03, December 2013.

"From Superhero to National Hero: The Populist Myth of El Santo." Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. Vol. 31 (2013): 3-27.

"The King of His Temple and the Department Store Princess: The Youth Protagonist after La Onda." Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea. Vol. 55 (2013).

“From Chinas Poblanas to Silk Stockings: The Symbology of the Female
Archetype in the Mexican Ranchera Film.” South Atlantic Review. 74:4 (2009): 89-118.

"Authors of the Image: Cinematographers Gabriel Figueroa and Gregg Toland." Co-authored with Evan Lieberman. Journal of Film and Video. 62.1 (2010): 31-51.

"Youth Culture on Film: An Analysis of Post-1968 Mexican Cinema." Studies in Hispanic Cinema. 4:3 (2007): 165-182.

Courses taught:
FST 201 Film History and Analysis 
FST 301 Film Theory
SPN 315 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
SPN 361 Spanish American Cultural History I
SPN 362 Spanish American Cultural History II
SPN 430 Spanish and Latin American Film
SPN 462 Spanish American Theatre
SPN 490 Globalization and Contemporary Latin American Cinema
SPN 600 Mexican National Cinema
SPN 680 Almodóvar and Film Theory

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