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Read our latest e-newsletters with information on our events, grants and awards received by our students and faculty.


Early Modern Textuality and Journalism in Spain and South America (1650-1750)

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On March 14th and 15th 2019 at STONY BROOK UNIV, the Dep of Hispanic Languages and Literature hosted a seminar and humanities lab on early modern news-sheets, pamphlets,   relaciones de sucesos  and their networks in Europe and South America, between 1650 and 1750. The event was funded by a   FAHSS Award  from Stony Brook College of Arts and Sciences and forms part of Prof. Paul Firbas’s larger project on the edition, data visualization and study of the   Diarios y memorias de los sucesos principales y noticias más sobresalientes en esta ciudad de Lima, corte del Perú  published by printer Joseph de Contreras y Alvarado in Lima between 1700 and 1711.

Participants: Prof.   Paul Firbas  (Stony Brook),   Carmen Espejo Cala  (Univ de Sevilla),   José Antonio Rodríguez Garrido  (Univ Católica del Perú); via Skype: Prof.   Nieves Pena Sueiro  (Univ da Coruña) and Prof.   Francisco Baena Sánchez  (Univ de Sevilla).

See full program   here.


Fall 2018

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¡Nos mudamos! We have moved to Humanities Building 1055

 The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature said good bye to Melville Library this past summer 2018.  As you know, for more than 30 years our faculty/staff offices, graduate seminar room and Spanish Writing Center were located in Melville Library third and fourth floors. Beginning this Fall 2018, you can find us in our new and beautiful home on the first and second floors of the Humanities Building. Our main office is located in HUM 1055.

After 2 years of intense work and restructuring planning in the College of Arts and Sciences, HLL stands out as one strongest and most diverse Department in CAS. Our undergraduate program, our MA, and internationally recognized PhD program are thriving with new students, publications, research plans and events.

Please, stop by our new offices or attend one of our many free and open to the public events. Check our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

¡No se olviden de pasar a visitarnos!

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HLL Welcomes our new Senior Staff and Assistant to the Chair!

Mary Moran-Luba has recently joined the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature as both Assistant to the Chair and Graduate program coordinator.  She enjoys working with the faculty in her administrative role and also with the graduate students as their Graduate program coordinator.  Since 1996 she has worked in the Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature department.

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¡Bienvenida, Mary! Thanks for all the expertise that you bring to our Department!


Dr. Lena Burgos Lafuente promoted to Associate Professor with tenure

Our department is extremely glad to announce that Prof. Lena Burgos Lafuente was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure this summer 2018.

Prof. Burgos Lafuente came to Stony Brook University in 2010.  A native from Puerto Rico, Lena received her BA in comparative literature from the University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras) and her PhD from New York University in 2011. She specializes in Caribbean, Transatlantic and Latin-American poetry, essay and the intersection of culture and politics. Lena teaches undergraduate courses and graduate seminars on Caribbean literatures and this Fall 2018 she is offering a new undergraduate topics class on the Latino cultures of New York City. Her new book on literature and politics in the Caribbean, titled Poesía y destiempo: literatura y política en el Caribe de mediados de siglo XX, is forthcoming this year.


Prof. Javier Uriarte Distinguished with the Godfrey Teaching Excellence Award

In late spring 2018, students from across the College of Arts and Sciences were asked to nominate faculty that “demonstrate a warm spirit, a concern for society and the individual, and who share their knowledge while challenging independent inquiry and creative thought.” After more than180 nominations, a student panel selected 5 professors.  Assistant Professor Javier Uriarte was elected as the best nomination in the Humanities. Prof. Uriarte teaches undergraduate courses on Latin American cities and travel literature. ¡Felicitaciones, Javier!

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Graduate Fellows and Faculty Research Award

PhD student Gabriel Rudas-Burgos, currently writing his dissertation on Latin American narratives, titled The Inhumans: Literature between Nature and Humanities,  and two of our Assistant Professors, Joseph Pierce and Javier Uriarte, received the 2018 Graduate Fellow and Faculty Research Award. This award forms part of President Stanley’s Initiative in the Arts and Humanities started in 2014-2015. The award provides one-year funding for dissertation wiring and reduces the teaching load for junior faculty to focus on research or program development. ¡Felicidades!

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  Adrián Pérez Melgosa named new director of the Humanities Institute

 In Spring 2018 Associate Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literature Adrián Pérez Melgosa was chosen as the new director of the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook. Adrián teaches Latin American Cinema, Literature and Cultural Studies. His book ​ Cinema and Inter-American Relations: Tracking Transnational Affect​ ​was published by Routledge in 2012. ​He is the principal investigator on the digital humanities research project​ Cultural and Social  Map of Latino Long Island, funded by a three-year grant from the Hagedorn Foundation. The Humanities Institute’s theme for this year is “The Humanities Go Public: Culture and Community in the Digital Age.”

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New books published this semester

Prof. Aurélie Vialette, our new Director of Graduate Studies has just released her first monographic book:  Intellectual Philanthropists: the Seduction of the Masses (Purdue University Press, 2018), dedicated to the study of the culture of popular workers and the rise of revolutionary movements in 19th-century Iberia (Catalonia, Basque Country, Asturias and Galicia in Spain). Aurélie received her PhD from the University of California Berkeley in 2011 and joined our Department in 2014. Congratulations to Aurélie!

Prof. Victoriano Roncero-López, specialist in Golden Age Literature, has just published his annotated edition of a rare short play by Félix Lope de Vega, La privanza del hombre  (Kassel,  Reichenberger, 2018), a religious piece (auto) written c. 1604 and staged in Seville in 1605. The book also includes the edition of Lope's auto El nombre de Jesús , by our graduate student Ignacio D. Arellano-Torres. This play was first published in 1644, together with two other short theatrical pieces also included in this volume.  Ignacio is currently finishing his dissertation on travel literature in the Golden Age under the direction of Prof. Roncero López.

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Welcome to our new PhD students!

It was another successful year recruiting graduate students and TAs for our doctoral program.  Thanks to all students that sent their applications from different parts of the world.

We were extremely glad to accept and welcome four new students to our PhD program this 2018: Kira Berman, Fiordaliza Ippolito, Sara Martínez Navarro and Carlos Vicéns.

During the first week of classes all new TAs and Lecturers, under the guidance of Dr. Lilia Ruiz-Debbe, attended training sessions and workshops to prepare teaching materials, review new methodologies and share strategies to deliver the best Spanish education to our Stony Brook undergraduates.

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  Recent PhD graduates

¡Felicitaciones! Congratulations to our new doctors: Sally Scott-Sabo and Pilar Espitia, who defended their dissertations on Latin American and Spanish texts and cultures, from saintly narratives in colonial Peru to contemporary post-war memories in Guatemala and Spain.

  • Sally Scott-Sabo, Reading Remains and Imagining New Beginnings in Present Day Guatemala and Spain (June, 2018)
  • Pilar Consuelo Espitia, Queering the Andean Mystics: Represiones, subversiones y deseos en las prácticas religiosas de la América colonial (Perú, siglos XVI-XVII) (May 2018).

For a full list of all 26 dissertations defended in our department since 2011, see here.

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Alumni Achievements

Congratulations to our colleague and HLL alumnus Professor Miguel Gomes, who has been recently named University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor. Prof. Gomes grew up in Venezuela from a Portuguese family. He received his PhD in our department in 1993, working under the guidance of Prof. Pedro Lastra, now Emeritus Professor. Prof. Gomes specializes in modern Spanish American literature and culture and was Chair of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Connecticut from 2001 to 2010.

Alex Salinas finished his PhD in 2011 and worked as professor of Spanish at Erskine College in South Carolina. He returned to his native Chuquisaca in Bolivia, where he just published his second novel titled Beat, the story of Alberto Aranda, a young musician in the 1960s, during times of political crisis and cultural internationalization in Bolivia. The novel was officially presented at the Casa de la Cultura Universitaria de San Francisco Xavier this past September, 2018

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