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Gordana Yovanovich

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Professor, Graduate Coordinator for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
School of Languages and Literatures
Phone number: 
1-519-824-4120 ext. 53180
Mac Kinnon 277


University of Toronto 1982-1987 Ph.D. (Latin American Literature) 1987

University of Toronto 1981-1982 M.A. (Spanish Literature) 1982

University of Toronto 1980-1981 Com. Lit and Literary Theory

Carleton University 1976-1980 B.A. (English/Spanish) 1980


Gordana Yovanovich has authored and edited five books as well as journal articles and chapters in books.  Her research focuses on literature from literary, social, and political perspectives.  It comments on contemporary issues and links works from earlier periods to current matters. She has published on topics such as re-imagining of communities, recent construction of Latin American identities, formation of new world order and effects of globalization, the use of play and humour as a way of survival, and the use of characters as tools of communication in longer fiction.  Yovanovich also works in Canadian visual arts and development of magical realism.


Yovanovich, G, Rice, R. Editors. (2016, paperback 2018). Re-Imagining Community and Civil Society in Latin America and the Caribbean. London: Routledge.

Yovanovich, G., Huras, A. Editors. (2010). Latin American Identities after 2080. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP.

Yovanovich, G. Editor (2003). The New World Order: Corporate Agenda and Parallel Reality. Ithaca: McGill-Queen’s UP.   

Yovanovich, G. Author  (1999) Play and the Picaresque: Lazarillo de Tormes, Julio Corázar´s Libro de Manuel and Antonio Skármeta´s Match Ball. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Yovanovich, G. Author (1991). Julio Cortázar´s Character Mosaic: Reading the Longer Fiction. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Chapters in Books

"Diagloguing with a Classic: A 21st-Century Reading of Lazarillo de Tormes. Ed. Mora, Carlos de Miguel and Pereira, Paulo. Novas Andancas de Pícaro. Editora Afrontamento. 2018.

¨Introduction: Community and Civil Society¨ in Re-Imagining Community and Civil Society. Routledge. (2016): 3-20.

¨Modernized Honor Culture and Community: García Márquez´s Chronicle of a Death foretold/Crónica de una muerte anunciada¨ in Re-Imagining Community and Civil Society. Routledge. (2016): 49-63.

¨Towards Civic Community: Conclusions¨ in Re-Imagining Community and Civil Society. Routledge. (2016), 221-28.

¨Neighborhood Identity and the Larger World: Emir Kusturica’s UndergroundEurope in Its Own Eyes, Europe in the Eyes of the Other. Ed. David B. MacDonald and Mary-Michelle De Coste, (2014): 227-244.

¨La mujer y la violencia en Libro de Manuel de Julio Cortázar.¨ Identidades americanas: más allá de las fronteras nacionales. Ed. María del Carmen Sillato and Patricia Varas. New Orleans: University Press of the South, 2011: 205-225.

“Introduction.” Latin American Identity After 1980. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010: vii-xxviii.

“Individualism and Human Rights in Antonio Skármeta’s Match Ball. Latin American Identity After1980. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010: 257-272.

“An Interpretation of Rayuela Based on the Character Web.” Julio Cortázar. Ed. Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2005: 149-183.

Introduction to The New World Order. 3-22.

“Intelligence Agenda and the Need for Constructive Intellectual Intervention in the New World Order” in The New World Order.40-57.

Selected Refereed Articles
Yovanovich, G. (2012).Honor Killing in Federico García Lorca ́s Trilogy: Blood Wedding,Yerma and House of Bernarda Alba .La Libellula: rivista di italianistica (4):24-38.
Yovanovich, G.(2001). Play as a Mode of Empowerment for Women and as a Model for Poeticsin the Early Poetry of Nicolás Guillén. Hispanic Review, 69: 15-31. 
Yovanovich, G. (1999). Play and Laughter in Lazarillo de Tormes. Hispanofila, 127:1-17.
Yovanovich, G. (1993). La unificación de lo personal y lo social en una novela post-moderna de Antonio Skármeta. Alba de America, 12 (22-23): 227-234.
Yovanovich, G. (1990). Character Development and the Short Story: Julio Cortázar's `ReturnTrip Tango'. Studies in Short Fiction, 27 (4).
Yovanovich, G. (1990). The Role of Women in Julio Cortázar's Rayuela. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos., 19 (3). 


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