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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 socio-cultural and political constructions of the "Other" as liminal.
One area of her research revolves around 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.
The other scope of her research revolves around the construction of the Other through testimony. The "monstrous" in this area is the construction of a personal and communal sense of identity that challenges official history. It is a focus on the authenticity of human experience of trauma, memory and life that has been silenced and/or mis-represented.
In both areas there is a focus on giving voice to what has been silenced and/or censored. And that this voice be authentic to the personal and/or communal lived experience.
D'angelo, Elizabeth C. 2011 Collective Violence: A Study of the Gendered and Socio-Economic Factors Behind Early Modern Italian and English Witch Hunts
A Theory of Influence and Phenomenology: Jorge Luis Borges Misreads Virginia Woolf
Men with Disabilities: Occupying the Space of Other, Masculinities and Sexuality in Auto/biographical Novels and Films
Medusa Through the Eyes of Time
On Martyrs, Myths and Motorcycles: Che as Mythical Icon in Ernesto Che Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey and Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries
Sebastian Queer Saint
Sexual Temptresses and Evil Queens: Fairy Tale Constructions of Widows in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century France
Nothing Sacred: Women Writing Magic Realism
Unveiling the Mind, Body and Space: Exposing (In)Visible Borders Facing Maghrebian Women and Beurettes
“Actualized Desires”: A Comparative Study of the ‘Self’ and the Unconscious in Pan’s Labyrinth and The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
D'angelo, Elizabeth C. 2011
Collective Violence: A Study of the Gendered and Socio-Economic Factors Behind Early Modern Italian and English Witch Hunts