Carmen (Patty) Tovar

  • Visiting Assistant Professor

Areas of Study


  • BA, California State University, Northridge; 2000
  • MA, University of California, Irvine; 2003
  • PhD, University of California, Irvine; 2008


Tovar received her PhD degree from University of California, Irvine. Her area of specialization is Latin American narrative in the 20th century with an emphasis on contemporary Mexican literature. Her scholarly interests center on the portrayal of metropolitan spaces and their symbolism in contemporary Mexican urban novels, more specifically, on historical spaces as symbolic places of intersection of collective memory and subjectivity. She has published articles on Mexican writers Carlos Fuentes, Luis González de Alba, Hugo Hiriart, María Luisa Puga, Ana Clavel and Gonzalo Celorio.

Spring 2022

Advanced Grammar and Composition — HISP 304
Advanced Conversation and Communication in Spanish — HISP 313
Spanish for Heritage Speakers — HISP 334

Fall 2022

Advanced Grammar and Composition — HISP 304
Inverted Utopias: The Latin American Avant-Garde — HISP 318