Professor Varderi was born in Venezuela and came to the United States in 1985 to pursue an M.A. in Latin American literature at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. In 1995 he received a Ph.D. in Spanish at New York University. Professor Varderi has been teaching Spanish language, culture, literature and film full-time at BMCC since 1994. In his teaching he always seeks to engage students in the knowledge not only of the language but also of the culture of the Spanish-speaking world, stressing the great diversity of the Spanish community in the New York City area by bringing writers, artists and activists to the classroom.
His scholarly work focuses on the writings and films of contemporary Spanish-speaking women, and of minorities underrepresented in the canon. This is also the center of his fiction work. Professor Varderi has published twenty books and more than two hundred articles in Spain, Latin America and the United States. Among his books, Severo Sarduy y Pedro Almodovar: del barroco al kitsch en la narrativa y el cine postmodernos, Anatomia de una seduccion: reescrituras de lo femenino, and Bridging Continents: Cinematic and Literary Representations of Spanish and Latin American Themes co-edited with Professor Nora Glickman (Queens College and Graduate Center). His latest book of criticism De lo sublime a lo grotesco: kitsch y cultura popular en el mundo hispanico is a study on literature, film and art. It was published by editorial Devenir in Madrid in 2015.
In 2016 his translation of the poetry book by Catalan writer Marta Pessarrodona “El amor a Barcelona” was published in Caracas by bid. & co.His latest novel, “El mundo despues,” was published in Madrid by Verbum in 2018, and his latest book of essays “La pasion de ver: imagenes de la literatura y las artes” came out in Mexico also in 2018.
Popular Culture, Latino/Latin American Studies: Immigration, Cultural Identity, Socio-economic Status, European Literature and Film, Creative Writing, Arts in Education
- B.A. Universidad Central de Venezuela, Economics,1984
- M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Spanish,1988
- Ph.D. New York University, Spanish,1995
- This course is for students who have had no previous background in Spanish. Grammar is taught inductively and simple texts are read. Speaking, reading, and writing are emphasized students who have taken SPN 103 will not receive credit for this course. Prerequisite: Departmental Placement
- In this continuation of Spanish I, grammar, composition and oral comprehension are developed and supplemented by readings or Spanish texts. Students who have taken SPN 107 will not receive credit for this course. Prerequisite: SPN 105 or Departmental Placement
- 3 CRS.4 HRS.1 LAB HRS.SPN 107 (Introductory Spanish for Speakers of Spanish)
- This is an elementary Spanish course for students who can speak Spanish but have no formal training in the language. Students who have taken SPN 101 and/or SPN 102 will not receive credit for this course. Prerequisite: Knowledge of spoken Spanish and Departmental Placement
- Study in this course includes a review of grammar and reading plus discussion of selected works by modern authors. Self-expression through oral and written reports is emphasized. Prerequisite: SPN 102 or SPN 103 or departmental approval
- This intensive writing course emphasizes comprehension, writing, and analysis of contemporary and classical texts. Prerequisite: SPN 200 or departmental approval
- The evolution of Spanish-American civilization is studied through literature to enhance understanding of present-day problems and potentialities. Emphasis falls on the relevance of the topography of the regions, the Spanish conquest and colonization, conflicts among cultures and religions of the indigenous peoples: Hispanic settlers, Africans, and recent immigrants; oral and written transmissions of traditions; the struggle for independence; movements for political, social, and economic reforms; the cultural obstacles, the emergence of linguistic distinctiveness and the quest for self-realization are studied. Readings are in Spanish, discussions are in English or Spanish. Prerequisite: SPN 210 or departmental approval, or any 400 level Spanish course except SPN 476
- This course will introduce students to film adaptations of Spanish and Latin American novels, short stories, diaries and theater plays in the context of the literary and film debate: how does film "translate" text? Should the film be "faithful" to the text? If so, faithful to what aspects, plot dialouge, chronology, social and psychological and socioeconomic backgrounds will be included. Special attention will be given to the study of nationality, gender and sexual differences within Spanish and Latin American societies. Students will examine the connections between text and film, as well as the fundamentals of written and visual identification with the cinematid and texual apparatus.
Research and Projects
- “De aqui y de alla” (From Here and From There)
In his sixth novel, Professor Varderi explores issues dealing with today’s relations between Venezuela and Spain. Since the Bolivarian Revolution rose to power in 1999, four million Venezuelans have left the country and live in other nations. A large percentage is now, legally and illegally, based in Spain. In the Canary Island, for instance, 72,000 Venezuelans, some of them of Canary descent, reside in what has been called ?Little Venezuela.? The main purpose of this novel, is to give voice to these immigrants and to tell their stories, unfolding between Spain (?here”) and Venezuela (?there?) at a time of social, political and economic uncertainty for both countries.
- Bridging Continents: Cinematic and Literary Representations of Spanish and Latin American Themes. Nora Glickman, co-ed.,Tempe: Chasqui, 2005
- Viaje de vuelta,Barcelona: Taranna, 2007
- A New York State of Mind,Santiago de Chile: RIL, 2008
- “Venezuelan Theater from 1860 to the Present.” The Columbia Enciclopedia of Modern Drama,New York: Columbia University Press, 2007
- “Teatro en Nueva York: Entre lo clasico y lo novisimo” ,Dramateatro, N. 20 (2007) www.dramateatro.arts.ve
- “45 Festival de Cine de Nueva York” ,El Mundo (11 November 2007): 14
- “Leer en voz alta”, Exit. N. 38 (June 21-27, 2007): 10
- “El regreso” ,Culturalia, N.0 (April-May, 2007): 6
- “Caracas bajo fuego”,Galerna, V (2007): 124-31
- “Autoentrevista”,Anika entre libros (August 2007) wwww.ciberanika.com
- “El Pan errante de Alfredo Villanueva”,Artistas Hispanos (December, 2007) www.artistasHispanosenlosEEUU.com
- “Next Wave Festival: Reflexion y hechizo teatral”,El Mundo (08 January 2007): 17
- “Escribiendo en Nueva York”,El Mundo (22 February 2007): 17
- “Robert Mapplethorpe: On Flesh and Petals”,Moment. Une Revue de Photo (Spring 2007): 12-13
- “El reino artificial de Celeste Olalquiaga”,Adamar N.31. Vol. IV (September 2008) www.adamar.com
- “Esta tan alta la montana”,Fundacion Banco Provincial (April 2008)
- “La region mas transparente de Anita Pantin”,Galeria TAC (May 2008)
- “25 Festival Next Wave. Lo mejor del teatro mundial”,Dramateatro N.23 (2008) www.dramateatro.arts.ve
- “Lo mejor del cine mundial en Nueva York” ,Adamar N.32. Vol. IV (December 2008) www.adamar.com
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
- National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award in Teaching. University of Austin, 2000.
- Excellence Performance Award. BMCC-CUNY, 2000.
- PSC-CUNY Research Award 1996, 1998, 2000.
- Pennfield Fellowhip, NYU, 1993.
- Senior Teaching Fellowship, NYU, 1992-91.
- Graduate School of Arts and Science Fellowhip, NYU, 1991-88.
- Latino Recognition Award. Academic Excellence. University of Illinois, 1988.
- Spanish Department Fellowship, University of Illinois, 1988.
- Discurso Literario Award. Rice University, 1988.
- “Letras de Oro” Award in Novel. University of Miami, 1987.
- VI Latino Recognition Award Literary. University of Illinois, 1986.
- VI Latino Recognition Award Literary. University of Illinois, 1986.
- Faculty Development Award. BMCC-CUNY, 1997.