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Modern Languages

Elena Deanda

Associate Professor of Spanish / Director of the Black Studies Program

Elena Deanda-Camacho studies transatlantic Spanish literature from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment in Spain and New Spain.

Besides literature, she has studied philosophy, religion, and medieval studies in Mexico and France. At Washington College, she is enjoying teaching all levels of Spanish language, culture, and literature.

Education

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2010

Research

Golden Age, Baroque, and the Enlightenment

Gender studies, queer theory, critical race theory, critical theory

Spain and Mexico

Teaching

Seminars:

How to (Make) Love in Early Modern Spain 

Love and War in the Spanish Golden Age

Crusaders, Conqueror, and Immigrants

Afro (Latin) America

Tequila Gang: Mexico Across the Centuries

First-Year Seminar: Forbidden Literature

Publications

“La fatalidad del poder: La Muerte como el Papa y el Inquisidor en Las Cortes de la Muerte de Micael de Carvajal y Lope de Vega.” Bulletin of Comediantes 67.2 (2015): 157-76.

“Speak in SIlence: The Power of Weakness in the Works of Teresa de Cartagena.” eHumanista 29 (2015): 461-475

“Maldito ‘Jarabe Gatuno:’ Poeticas de la censura inquisitorial en la Nueva Espana.” Vanderbilt e-journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies 10 (2014): 25-36. 

 “Percances de la memoria: El sujeto y la colectividad en La versada de Arcadio Hidalgo.” Ed. Donaji Cuellar. Literatura de tradicion oral de Mexico: Generos representativos. San Luis-Xalapa: Colegio de San Luis-U of Veracruz, 2012. 197-221. 

 “Maria Candelaria y Oficio de tinieblas. Representando a la mujer indigena en el Mexico del siglo XX.” Semiosis 13.1 (2011): 69-84.

 “The Politics of a Colonial Folksong: Male Bonding, Pardos’ Chuchumbe, and the Inquisitorial Body.” Transverse 10 (2010): 15 pp.

 “El chuchumbé te he de soplar: sobre obscenidad, censura y memoria oral en el primer ‘son de la tierra’ novohispano.” Mester 36 (2007): 53-71.

 “On Joy, Death, and Writing: From Autobiography to Autothanatography in Clarice Lispector’s Works.” Working Papers in Romance Languages 1.1 (2006) Vol. : Iss. 1, Article 5.

 

Reviews:

Review: “Consul Jones y otros poemas” by Gerald Manley Hopkins, translated by Delia Pasini; and “Paisaje interior” by Gerald Manley Hopkins, translated by Tedi Lopez Mills. The Hopkins Quarterly XLII.1-2 (2015): 76-80.

 Review: “The Inquisition in New Spain 1536-1820. A Documentary History by John Chuchiak IV.” European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 94 (2013): 136-137.

Review: “No solo ayunos y oraciones. Piezas teatrales menores en conventos de monjas (Siglo XVIII). Por Maria Sten y Raquel Gutierrez Estupinan.” The Latin Americanist 52.3 (2008): 105-107.

 

Creative Writing:

“Parentesis.” Ambitos Feministas 4 (2014): 131-133. 

Breve Cronica del Deseo. Xalapa: Durandarte, 2003. Excerpt here. Review here.