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Mariselle Meléndez Phd.

Head, Conrad Humanities Scholar, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
SPANISH & PORTUGUESE; Affiliated Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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Biography

Born in Puerto Rico, Mariselle Meléndez is Professor of Colonial Spanish American Literatures and Cultures and a Conrad Humanities Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Her research focuses on issues of race and gender in colonial Spanish America with special interest in the eighteenth century, the cultural phenomenon of the Enlightenment, global coloniality, as well as visual studies. She is the author of Deviant and Useful Citizens: The Cultural Production of the Female Body in Eighteenth-Century Peru (Vanderbilt University Press, 2011). Raza, género e hibridez en El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes [Race, Gender, and Hibridity in El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes (University of North Carolina Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures, 1999), and co-editor of Mapping Colonial Spanish America: Places and Commonplaces of Identity, Culture, and Experience (Bucknell University Press, 2002). Her articles have appeared in journals such as: Colonial Latin American Review, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Latin American Literary Review, Hispanic Review, Revista Iberoamericana, Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana, Dieciocho Hispanic Enlightenment, and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, among many others. 

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Colonial Spanish America
  • Coloniality
  • Race and Gender
  • The Enlightenment
  • Visual and Cultural Studies

Research Description

  • See a selected list of publications below.

    Work in progress:

    - Patriotic  Enlightenments: Local Epistemologies and Transnational Exchanges in Eighteenth-century Spanish American Newspapers.  (Book-length project)

    -The Cultural Geography of Spanish American Ports in the Age of the Enlightenment. (Book-lengthproject)

Education

  • Phd. Spanish American Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison (1993)
  • -Master of Arts-Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987)
  • -Bachelor of Arts-Hispanic Studies (University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras [Magna Cum Laude] (1986)

Distinctions / Awards

  • Awarded by the Comisión Ejecutiva Puertorriqueña de la Juventud and UNESCO a medal and certificate of recognition as “Joven destacado de Puerto Rico” (Outstanding Young Puerto Rican). Award based on professional merits. (Spring 2001)
  • Conrad Humanities Scholar Award, LAS University of Illinois (2011-2016)

Grants

  • -Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (NEH), 1997
  • -University of Illinois Campus Research Board

Publications

Books

  • -Deviant and Useful Citizens: The Cultural Production of the Female Body in Eighteenth-Century Peru. . Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press , 2011.
  • Mapping Colonial Spanish America: Places and Commonplaces of Identity, Culture and Experience. (Co-editor). . Bucknell University Press, 2002.
  • Raza, género e hibridez en El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes (Race, Gender and Hibridity in El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes. . University of North Carolina Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures, 1999.

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Chapter Books

  • Mariselle, Meléndez. De Buenos Aires a Lima: Ilustración, espacio y autoría en El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes. . Chapter Book. Comp. Loreley El Jaber. Ed. Cristina Iglesias. Buenos Aires: Emecé Editores, 2014.
  • Meléndez, Mariselle. “Disputas trasatlánticas y geografías de conocimiento en el período de la Ilustración: Juan de Velasco y su Historia del Reino de Quito en la América Meridional (1789). . Chapter Book. Comp. Ileana Rodríguez. Barcelona: Editorial Anthropos, 2013.
  • Melendez, Mariselle. “El fenómeno geográfico de la Ilustración en los periódicos hispanoamericanos del siglo XVIII: redes cosmopolitas y debates transnacionales.” In Sociedad y cultura en a obra de Manuel del Socorro Rodríguez de la Victoria, Nueva Granada 1789-1819.. . Chapter Book. Ed. Ivan V. Padilla. Bogotá: Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2012.
  • Melendez, Mariselle. “La mujer la prensa ilustrada en los periódicos sudamericanos: 1790-1812.” In Disfraz y pluma de todos. Opinión pública y cultura política. Siglos XVIII-XIX. . . Chapter Book. Ed. Francisco Ortega. Bogotá: Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2012.
  • Meléndez, Mariselle. “Teorizando la nación: Patriotismo y saber intelectual en tres periódicos suramericanos del siglo XVIII”. In Estudios coloniales latinoamericanos en el siglo XXI: Nuevos itinerarios. . Chapter Book. Ed. Stephanie Kirk. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, 2011.

Book Contributions


  • "Educando a la mujer criolla en la prensa hispanoamericana de la Ilustración, 1790-1795." Poéticas de lo criollo: inestabilidad semántica y heterogeneidad identitaria. La transformación del concepto ‘criollo’ en las letras hispanoamericanas.. . Comp. David Solodkow and Juan Vitulli. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Ediciones Corregidor, 2009. 353-377.

  • "The Cultural Production of Space in Colonial Spanish America: From Visualizing Difference to the Circulation of Knowledge." The Spatial Turn: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. . Comp. Barney Wharf and Santa Arias. New York: Routledge, 2008. 173-191 .

  • "Visual Technologies as Pedagogical Artifacts: Teaching Sor Juana in a Virtual World." Approaches to Teaching Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. . Comp. Emile Bergman and Stacey Schlau. New York: Modern Language Association of America Press, 2007. 20-28.

  • "Cuadros visuales sobre la mujer indígena en Trujillo del Perú: la historia como museo, 1782-1785." Ensayos de cultura virreinal latinoamericana. . Comp. Luis Millones. Lima: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Lima, 2006. 137-158.

  • "Visualizing Difference: The Rhetoric of Clothing in Colonial Spanish America." The Latin American Fashion Reader. . Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers , 2005. 17-30.

  • "Public Spectacle and the Fragmentation of the Female Body in Eighteenth-Century Peru: The Case of Micaela Bastidas." Mapping Colonial Spanish America: Places and Commonplaces of Identity, Culture and Experience. . Comp. Santa Arias and Mariselle Melendez. Bucknell University Press, 2002. 221-236.

  • "Representing Gender, Deviance, and Heterogeneity in the Eighteenth-Century Peruvian Newspaper Mercurio Peruano." Colonialism Past and Present: The Politics of Reading and Writing about Colonial Latin American Texts Today. . Comp. Alvaro Felix Bolaños and Gustavo Verdesio. New York: SUNY University Press, 2002. 175-95.

Journal Articles

  • "Introduction: Enlightenments in Ibero-America." Colonial Latin American Review 24.1 (2015): 1-16.
  • Meléndez, Mariselle. "Geographies of Patriotism: A South American Port in the Age of Enlightenment." VANDERBILT E-JOURNAL OF LUSO-HISPANIC STUDIES 9 (2013): 114-127.
  • "An Eighteenth-Century Visual Representation of the Black Population in Trujillo del Peru: Picturing Cultural and Social Difference." Bulletin of Spanish Studies LXXXVI.7.8 (2009): 119-142.
  • "Spanish American Enlightenments: Local Epistemologies and Transnational Exchanges in Eighteenth-Century Newspapers." Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlighenmen 4 (2009): 115-133.
  • "Fear as a Political Construct: Imagining the Revolution and the Nation in Peruvian Newspapers, 1791-182." American Antiquarian Society: A Journal of American History and Culture Through 1876 116 (2007): 263-277.
  • "Patria, Criollos, and Blacks: Imagining the Nation in the Mercurio peruano, 1791-1795." Colonial Latin American Review 15.2 (2006): 207-227.
  • "¡Si tal era el dedo, cuál sería el cuerpo!: The Archival Project of María Josefa de la Santísima Trinidad (1783). ." Hispanic Review 74.3 (2006): 251-277.
  • "Inconstancia en la mujer: espacio y cuerpo femenino en el Mercurio peruano, 1791-94." Revista Iberoamericana 194.95 (2001): 79-88.
  • "Eighteenth Century Spanish America: Historical Dimensions and New Theoretical Approaches." Revista de Estudios Hispánicos XXXV.3 (2001): 615-632.
  • "Obreras del pensamiento y educadoras de la nación: el sujeto y el espacio femenino en la ensayística femenina decimonónica de transición." Revista Iberoamericana 64.184-185 (1998): 573-586.

Special Issues of a Journal

  • Meléndez, Mariselle, and Karen Stolley. "Introduction: Enlightenments in Ibero-America." The Enlightenment in Colonial Spanish America. Spec. iss. of Colonial Latin American Review 24.1 (2015): 1-16.