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María de Alva Levy - Faculty

María de Alva Levy


School of Humanities and Education

Campus Monterrey.


Literature, speach and culture 
Women, budy and writing 
Promotion of reading practices
Educational innovation 




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María de Alva has a degree in Spanish Letters from Tec de Monterrey and a doctorate in Humanistic Studies with a specialty in Literature. She also holds two master's degrees, one in Latin American Studies with a specialty in literature and history from the University of California, Los Angeles (1993) and another from the Tec de Monterrey in Education with a specialty in Humanities (2000). Between 1993 and 1995, she worked as a reporter for the newspapers Reforma and El Norte.

She held the position of director of the Spanish Department of the Eugenio Garza Sada del Tec High School (1998 to 2008) where she coordinated the National Academy of Spanish for the Tec system, the OBI Higher Level Spanish program within the Tec System and participated in study plans on two occasions. Since 2008 to date, she is an associate professor of various subjects of Literature in the Department of Humanistic Studies. In 2015 she was appointed director of the Hispanic Literature career. She es currently the leader of the Passion for Reading Prorgram in Montrrey REgion and editorial director of Campus Cultural Magazine.

She has also participated in various academic congresses at institutions such as Cornell University, the Colegio de México, UNAM, Brown University, University of Texas, El Paso, among others, and has research publications in the Mexican Literature Magazine of the University of Texas and Providence College's INTI Journal of Hispanic Literature.

She has three published novels, Through the window (Planeta 2005), Before oblivion (Conarte NL; 2011) and What the river keeps (Planeta 2016). The first two were finalists for the Fernando Lara Prize in Spain. She has given literary creation workshops at the Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo León and helped at the Writers' Meetings of CONARTE, N.L. and in 2020 obtained the scholarship from the N.L. Creators System that this institution gives.


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Teaching Activities

  • Literary Criticism Seminar I
  • Modern and contemporary Spanish literature
  • Cinema, Literature and culture
  • Introduction to the LLE career
  • Introduction to professional life
  • Literature and power in Latin America
  • Cultural imaginaries of Mexico
  • The myths that inhabit us: from Prometheus to Marvel
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Education and Training

  • PhD in Humanistic Studies, Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Master in Latin American Studies, UCLA
  • Master in Education, Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Bachelor of Spanish Letters, Tecnológico de Monterrey
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  • Silence writing: Memory and resistance in Sylvia Molloy's novel, In prison brief. Journal of Hispanic Literature Inti. University of Connecticut (2012).
  • Diario del Dolor de María Luisa Puga: pain threshold and temporal rupture in the Mexican Journal of Contemporary Literature, University of Texas, El Paso. July- September 2011.
  • The boredom and violence in the destruction of space and society in three Mexican storytellers: Fabio Morábito, Luis Humberto Crosthwaite and Juan Villoro in Mexican Journal of Contemporary Literature, University of Texas, El Paso. July- September 2009.
  • Narrating in front of the camera: reconstruction of historical relativity through a narration in the present in Bitter Wind by Beatriz Rivas in the Mexican Journal of Contemporary Literature, University of Texas, El Paso. July- September 2007.
  • Memory and city: Reconstruction of identity through space and neo-baroque structure in And the land tremble at its centers by Gonzalo Celorio in Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, University of Texas, El Paso. July- September 2004.
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Awards and Honors

Two times Finalist in the Fernando Lara Novel Award in Spain (2004 and 2009).