Patricio Rizzo-Vast
Instructor of Spanish
World Languages and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4293
Spanish and Portuguese language, Latin American literature and culture translation
Courses Taught
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 225 Composition I
LLAS 101 Introduction to Latin American Studies
Research Interests
At present my work focuses on the representation of space in the poetry and prose of Oliverio Girondo and Jorge Luis Borges The representation of nature in the work of Octavio Paz Rewriting a book on Oliverio Girondo and the Legacy of the Avant-Gardes

Ph.D. in Spanish, University of California, Davis, Dissertation: “El lugar de Girondo” Major Field: Latin American Literature
M.A. in Spanish, San Francisco State University
Teaching Credential in Spanish, 1992, Spanish-English Bilingual Certificate of Competence for the State of California, 1993
B.A. in Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, School of Law

Selected Publications


Ser libre. Evanston: Studio Mosaid, 2013

Luz vital. Buenos Aires: Bibliografika, 2011

Ananda naranja. Buenos Aires: Dunken, 2007

Jardín en Playa Unión. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Corregidor, 2005

El lugar de Girondo.  Buenos Aires: Ediciones Corregidor, 2001

Deuda externa: condicionalidades y desarrollo infraestructural en la Argentina, Buenos Aires: Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, 1993

Desde el océano. From the Ocean.  Oakland: Inkworks, 1981


“Paisaje e ideología en Campo nuestro de Oliverio Girondo,” Revista Iberoamericana, Pittsburgh, Vol. LXVII,  Num. 194-195, January-June 2001, pp. 105-120

“Paisaje e ideología en Los pasos perdidos de Alejo Carpentier,” La Torre, Puerto Rico, Año 5, 17, Julio-Sept. 2000, pp. 463-477

“Mercedes Sosa: voz de América,” Canto, San Francisco State University, Fall 1994-Spring 1995, Vol. 2, Num. 2, pp. 36-41

Selected Exhibitions

Presentation “’Interlunio’ y la actitud contestataria de  Oliverio Girondo  (1937-1940)” Co-Chair, Critical Dialogues on the Latin American Avant Gardes. Latin American Studies Association, San Francisco, May 2012

Presentation “Recepción crítica a la obra de Borges en España en la década de 1920” Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, Holland, October 2011

Presentation “El español en la cultura global” Northeastern Illinois University, March 2009

Conference, “Images of Globalization in Jose Saramago's La caverna" Latin American Studies Association, Montreal, September 2007

Conference, “Aspectos del panorama orillero borgiano (1936-1948)" University of Iowa, May 2007

Conference, “An Exploration of the Catholic Nationalist "Dialect" in Argentina 1976-1983." Northeastern Illinois University, November 2006

Conference, “Mecanización y Globalización en La caverna de José Saramago,” XXVIIII Simposio Internacional de Literatura. Literatura y Globalización, Montevideo, August 2006

Conference, “The Desert in the Poetry of Jacobo  Fijman,” Latin American Studies Association, Puerto Rico, March 2006
American Studies Association, Puerto Rico, March 2006

Conference, “El Martín Fierro y la nación argentina,” California State University, Fullerton, December 2003

Conference, “Paisaje e ideología en Campo nuestro de Oliverio Girondo,”  Columbia University, New York City, April 2000

Conference, “Ética y estética en ‘Estival’ de Rubén Darío.” Octavo Congreso Internacional de Lit. Centroamericana, Guatemala City, March 2000

Presenter, UC Davis Summer Sessions Film Series: “Four Days in September,” September, 1998 and “The
Star Maker,” August 1997

Conference, “Lenguaje e ideología: aspectos del  dialecto nacionalista-católico en la Argentina.”
UC Davis, May 1998

Conference, “Landscape and Ideology: The Figure of the Desert in Argentine  Literature.” University
of California, Davis, July 1997

Conference, “Ideología modernista en ‘Estival’ de Rubén Darío.” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, May 1997

Conference, “La pasión de los tigres: cultura y violencia en ‘Estival’ de Rubén Darío.” UC Davis, December 1996


Lecturer in Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, August 2004 to the present
Instructor of Spanish, Wright College, Chicago, August 2005 to the present
Instructor of Spanish, Solano Community College, Solano-Suisun, California September 2002 to June 2004
Spanish Teacher in Woodland Unified School District, Woodland, California, 2002 to 2004
Lecturer in the University of California, Davis, September 2000 to June 2002
Teaching Assistant for the University of California, Davis, 1995 to 1998
Spanish Teacher in the Oakland Unified School District, Oakland, California, 1990-1995
Translator for Current Anthropology, a publication of the University of Chicago and the Dept. of Anthropology of UC Davis, 2002 to present
Translator for the Department of Public Health, San Francisco, 1993
Researcher for Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1991-1992
Copyeditor for Houghton and Mifflin for Spanish bilingual texts for the State of Texas, 1984-86
Interpreter for A.M.S. Associates, San Francisco, working with injured immigrant field workers in California, 1980-1984

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