Esther Leah Gabara

E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies

Education

  • Ph.D., Stanford University 2001

  • M.A., Stanford University 1997

  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania 1993

Overview

Esther Gabara works with art, literature, and visual culture from modern and contemporary Latin America. Central issues in her research are the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, theories and practices of non-mainstream modernisms, and representations of race and gender. Her teaching in the departments of Romance Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University covers visual theory, Latin American modernism, photography, Pop Art, Mexican feminism, and contemporary art and cultural production in the Americas. Currently she is working on a book manuscript, "Non-Literary Fiction: Invention and Interventions in Contemporary Art of the Americas," preparing an exhibition on Pop Art in the Americas, and researching the contemporary articulation of the colonial relationship between Latin America and Spain through the prism of art, economics, and immigration.

Expertise

Contemporary Latin American art, Mexican visual culture & politics, Latin American modernisms, contemporary urban cultural production in the Americas

Edwards, E. "Relocating Photographies, Histories and Modernisms." Art History 34 (January 2011): 211-213. (Review)

Folgarait, L. "Seeing Mexico Photographed: The Work of Horne, Casasola, Modotti, and Álvarez Bravo." Caa.reviews (online), College Arts Association (2011). (Review) Open Access Copy

Herlinghaus, H. "Review of Errant Modernism." MLN 26 (2011): 418-420. (Review)

Prado, S, and Ignacio, M. "Estrategias para mirar la nación. El giro visual de los estudios culturales mexicanos en lengua inglesa." Mexican Studies/ Estudios Mexicanos 27 (2011): 449–469-449–469. (Academic Article)

Flaherty, G. "Review of Errant Modernism and National Camera." caa on-line reviews (August 2010). (Review)

Krippner, J. "Errant Moderism: The Ethos of Photography in Mexico and Brazil." The Americas 66 (January 2010): 416-418. (Academic Article)

Gabara, EL. "Fighting It Out: Being Naco in the Global Lucha Libre." Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts. 26 (2010): 277-300.

Gallo, R. "Mexican Photography: From the Daguerrotype to Digital Images." Hispanic Review 39 (2010): 135-141. (Review)

Castro, ME, and Paul, . "Review of Errant Modernism." The Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 87 (2010): 894-895. (Review)

Pages

Fall 2017

Photography in the Americas (ARTHIST 433S.01)
West Duke 202, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
Photography in the Americas (VMS 433S.01)
West Duke 202, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Fall 2016

Special Topics (ARTHIST 590S.02)
Smith Wrhs B189, M 01:40 PM-04:10 PM
Topics in Visual Studies (VMS 590S.01)
Smith Wrhs B189, M 01:40 PM-04:10 PM

Spring 2015

Sp Topics in Art History (ARTHIST 290.01)
Smith Wrhs B189, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
Topics in Art History (ARTHIST 790.01)
Smith Wrhs C107, M 01:40 PM-04:10 PM
Topics in Visual Studies (VMS 290.01)
Smith Wrhs B189, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM

Spring 2014

Topics in Visual Studies (VMS 590S.01)
Carr 242, M 01:25 PM-03:55 PM