Ph.D., Contemporary Latin American literature, University of California,Davis. Degree received in March of 1989. Interdisciplinary Dissertation:linguistics and psychology, 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 Abat Oliba in Barcelona, 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.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Not teaching this semester.
Convergencias: acercamientos interdisciplinarios a la obra poética de Octavio Paz (in press, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana).
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)
Digital project: Dialogues in the Americas: MexicanLiterature and Culture in Context: Nehmexico.com
"Reflections on Memory, History and Forgetting in Cielos de la Tierra by Carmen Boullosa," in press
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.
CSUEB Programs Abroad
Spanish: Native Speaker
English: Near-native Speaker
French: Advanced knowledge: reading, writing and conversational
Italian: Reading and conversational ability
Latin: Two years of study
Placement file available from Education and Graduation Placement, Work-Learn and Career Planning and Placement, Voorhies Hall, University of California, Davis CA 95616; (916) 752-0724.