Beatriz Botero

Faculty and Academic Advisor


1402 Sterling Hall

Photo of Beatriz smiling and looking towards the camera


Professor Beatriz L. Botero (Ph D. University of Wisconsin- Madison; Ph D. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) is a specialist in contemporary Latin American literature and cultural studies. Her research is oriented primarily towards topics in narrative and psychoanalysis, with special emphasis on identity, body and social conflict. She has also worked these topics in relation to contemporary visual art. She received a Summa Cum Laude for her dissertation in Psychoanalytic Foundations and Theory Development at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In her publications, Botero examines the relation between national identity and personal identity in novels such as Gabriel García Márquez’s last novel Memoria de mis putas tristes. In her most recent work (El Yo ideal y el Ideal del yo en Cobro de Sangre de Mario Mendoza, 2015), Botero contributed to a special issue on Psychoanalysis and Ibero American literature for the journal Studi Ispanici, examining issues of personal and social identity.

In the book Women in Contemporary Latin American Novels. Psychoanalysis and Gendered Violence she examines literature from a wide range of countries including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Interests: Latin American literature and psychoanalysis, cultural analysis, comparative literature, art.

She is the Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Advisor of the Department.

Current Research, Grant-Funded Projects:

Dr. Botero’s current research focuses on visual artists who explore memories of violence in the case of desaparecidos (the disappeared), during dictatorships in the Southern Cone; and plastic artist in other Latin American countries such as Colombia, whose work revolves around issues of migration and displacement.

Selected Publications, Productions:

Botero, Beatriz L. “El Yo ideal y el Ideal del yo en Cobro de Sangre de Mario Mendoza”. Studi Ispanici, Fabrizio Serra Editore. Roma XL (2015) : 357-68.


Botero, Beatriz L. “La increíble historia de Memoria de mis putas tristes y de Mustio Collado el abuelo desalmado”. Revista de Estudios Colombianos, Asociación de Colombianistas and Fitchburg State University. (2012): 40, 36-46.

Selected Presentations, Events, Workshops, Tours:

Selected Invited Talks

Botero, B.L. (2015). Cuerpo y violencia en la literatura colombiana contemporánea.

Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani. Department of Social Sciences, Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). Buenos Aires. Jun. 26.

Botero, B. L. (2015). El cuerpo en Rosario Tijeras, novela sicarésca. Seminar Ciencia y Tecnología en Contexto in the PhD seminar “Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad”. Department of Philosophy and Ethics. Tecnológico de Monterrey. Mexico. Mar. 20.

Botero, B.L. (2015) La pusión de muerte (thanatos) y la novela de la violencia en Colombia. Universidad de Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Mar. 20.

Botero, B.L. (2013). Identity: From Individual to National Culture. Faculty of Humanities. Chiang Mai University. April 24, 2013. Thailand.

Botero, B.L. (2013). Teaching Grammar Through Literature and Culture. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Burapha University. May 1, 2013. Thailand.