photo: Maria Alejandra Aguilar

María Alejandra Aguilar

Assistant Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies

 
Degree/Institution: PhD Washington University, St. Louis
Office: HU 226
Email: maguilardornelles@albany.edu

 

Academic Focus

Research: 19th Century Latin-American Literature, Latin-American Poetry, Caribbean Studies, Brazilian Studies, Gender Studies, African Diaspora in Latin America, Visual Arts, Latin American Intellectual History, Culture and State Formation, Nationalism.

Bio

María Alejandra Aguilar received her Ph.D. from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2014. She also completed a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies at the same institution. Prior to joining our department, she was an Instructor of Spanish at the State University of New York at Oswego. Dr. Aguilar has published articles on Caribbean narrative and poetry in peer-reviewed journals such as Meridional, Confluence and Latin American Literary Review. She has also collaborated in the volume Cantos y poemas: antología crítica de autoras afro-descendientes de América Latina, edited by María Mercedes Jaramillo and Betty Osorio. In 2016 she presented papers in many different academic venues: the International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Conference, and Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) Conference.

Publications

Book

Herederos de la libertad: criminalización, liderazgo y escritura de afro-descendientes en Colombia, Brasil y Cuba (work in progress)

Refereed Journal Articles

  • “Negritud y catástrofe caribeña en la narrativa de Mirta Yáñez.” Forthcoming: Afro-Hispanic Review.
  • “La masculinidad negociada: virtud heroica, oratoria y conciencia autoral femenina en la poesía cubana (1868-1912).” Forthcoming: Hispanic Journal Vol 40 N° 1 Spring 2019.
  • “Heroísmo y conciencia racial en la poeta afro-cubana Cristina Ayala.” Meridional. Revista Chilena de Estudios Latinoamericanos 7 "Escritoras latinoamericanas del siglo XIX y primera mitad del XX." October 2016. pp. 179-2002.
  •  “El esclavo y el letrado: máscaras de la auto-representación en la temprana narrativa antiesclavista cubana.” Confluence: Romance Language Journal of Saint Louis University. Volume 2, Spring 2013.
  • “La poesía erótica de Mercedes Matamoros en la genealogía del modernismo latinoamericano.” Latin American Literary Review 39 78. July-December 2011.

Essays in Edited Volumes

  • “Memoria histórica y justicia social: el proyecto intelectual de la poeta afro-cubana Cristina Ayala.” In Poemas y cantos: Antología crítica de poetas afro-latinoamericanas, edited by María Mercedes Jaramillo. Forthcoming: 2018.

Awards and Fellowships

  • NEH Summer Institute 2018 Suffrage in the Americas. Participant with the research project “Women’s Suffrage and Social Activism in the Caribbean: New Approaches to Transnational Feminism.”
  • Alternate Fellow Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty.
  • 2017 Ibero-American Prize for an Academic Article on the Nineteenth Century by the 19th-century Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for best article published in 2016: “Heroísmo y conciencia racial en la obra de la poeta afro-cubana Cristina Ayala." http://cecla.uchile.cl/articulo-publicado-en-revista-meridional-gana-premio-de-la-asociacion-de-estudios-latinoamericanos-lasa/
  • 2017 Harold Eugene Davis Prize awarded by the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) for best article published in 2016: “Heroísmo y conciencia racial en la obra de la poeta afro-cubana Cristina Ayala.”
  • http://www.maclas.org/2017/

Teaching

Classes recently taught:

  • Islands of Enchantment: Hispanic Caribbean Literature and Film
  • Introduction to Literary Methods
  • Imagining Rebellion: Resistance and Revolution in Latin American Literature and Art
  • Love and War: Latin America in the Age of Revolution
  • Freedom and Justice in the Hispanic World: Literature and Human Rights
  • Hispanic Short Story
  • Seductive Latin America: Eroticism, Writing, and Revolution in Latin American Literature and Film – Online Summer course
  • Latin American novel from Modernismo to the Boom – Online Summer course