Read our latest e-newsletters with information on our events, grants and awards received by our students and faculty.
José Chueca dissertation defense: The Baroque Gaze
Early Modern Textuality and Journalism in Spain and South America (1650-1750)
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.
¡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!
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.
¡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!
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
Congratulations to our PhD candidate José (Benny) Chueca and Prof. Lena Burgos Lafuente
They have received the 2018 Graduate Fellowship and Faculty Research Award
Congratulations to our PhD candidate Gabriel Rudas-Burgos
He was awarded the Stony Brook University Cornell School of Criticism and Theory Fellowship for Summer 2017!
Congratulations to our PhD candidate Javier Gastón-Greenberg
Javier was awarded a Stony Brook Public Humanities Fellowship for 2017-18! See more about his project .
Congratulations to our Joseph M. Pierce!
The 19th Century Studies Section of the Latin American Association of America (Lima 2017) gave his paper titled "Regulating Queer Desire: Carlos O. Bunge's La novela de la sangre," Honorable Mention for its Best Article Award.
Prof. Pierce receiving his award in Lima during the 2017 LASA Congress.
Prof. Daniela Flesler wins a 2016-17 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship
Our colleague in Hispanic and Literature at Stony Brook University, Prof. Daniela Flesler has won a 2016-17 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship in order to complete the writing of her book manuscript The Memory Work of Sepharad: New Inheritances for Twenty-First Century Spain, co-authored with Adrián Pérez Melgosa. This book explores the phenomenon of the “re-discovery” of Spain’s Jewish heritage. Through oral interviews, visits to museums, newly reconfigured “Jewish quarters” and Jewish memory sites, literature, cultural performances, tourist promotional materials and speeches from public figures, it explores the recent cultural and political initiatives that seek to memorialize and re-connect Spain with its Jewish past in the context of the long history of Spain’s ambivalence towards its Jewish heritage.
Visiting Scholars from Brazil in the Dept of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook Univ (spring 2017)
Bruna Tella Guerra (UNICAMP)
Doctoral student in Theory and History of Literature at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Her research focuses on the political implications stemming from the work of the Cuban writer Leonardo Padura. To reach this aim, she studies even the recent positive reception of the author in Brazil, like his published novels, while examining how they seek to rethink many of the discourses and narratives of the Brazilian and Latin-American left. She will spend one month doing research at Stony Brook during the Spring 2017 semester.
Fábio Feltrin de Souza (UNICAMP and UFFS)
Fábio Feltrin is a post-doctoral fellow at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil, and a Professor of History at the Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul (UFFS), in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Professor Feltrin will be working on his post-doctoral project, titled “Modernity, War, and Bio-politics: the nineteenth-century transformation of the Argentine pampas into a desert”, which deals with visual representation of the Argentine pampas during the war of extermination waged by the Argentinean state against the indigenous populations of southern Argentina, during the last decades of the nineteenth century. During his two-month stay, Professor Feltrin will be working with Professor Javier Uriarte. He will do research at the Stony Brook Library, as well as the New York Public Library and the Library of the Museum of Modern Art. He will be giving a lecture, open to the university community, in the Department of Hispanic Languages of Literature, about his post-doctoral research project, and its progress during his research at Stony Brook.
Humanities Institute Fellowship 2016
Congratulations to our graduate student José Chueca (Benny) on winning the summer fellowship from the Humanities Institute at Stony Brook to attend The School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University (2016)
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SEMESTER OF CAFÉ LATINO
Thanks to our students, faculty and friends! (May 2016)
Prof. and chair Kathleen Vernon and Prof. Daniela Flesler, director of undergaduate studies (in the middle), with undergraduate students Mayra Salazar and Cathy Rico, after the department's presentation at Red Carpet Day, Sunday Nov 8, 2015. Thanks to all!
Prof. Peter Hulme (Univ Essex) is Visiting Scholar in Hispanic Lang and Lit at Stony Brook University for Fall 2015
Prof. Peter Hulme, Professor in Literature at the University of Essex, is Visiting Scholar this semester in our Department at Stony Brook. He will be giving a talk in our Department and doing research in Melville library and the New York area.
Prof. Hulme has recently completed a critical edition of the previously unpublished autobiography of the Jamaican writer, W. Adolphe Roberts (1884-1962), published by the University of the West Indies Press (2015). He is currently working on a book provisionally titled The Dinner at Gonfarone's: Pan-American Writing in New York in 1919, which looks at the relationships between Hispanic and Anglo writers in New York in the early twentieth century.
He is author of very influential books in colonial and Caribbean studies, such as Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean (1986). View comprehensive list of his publications with links to free PDFs
"O professor Javier Uriarte, do Departamento de Línguas e Literaturas Hispânicas, da Stony Brook University (SBU), de Nova York (EUA), vai oferecer um minicurso aos estudantes de graduação e pós-graduação do Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Especialista em cultura e literatura latino-americana, com ênfase no Brasil dos séculos 19 e 20, o professor vem à Unicamp como uma das etapas de um acordo de cooperação que vem sendo construído entre as duas instituições. Com o tema “Fazedores de desertos: guerra, espaço e linguagem na América Latina”, o curso será oferecido de 17 a 21 de agosto, das 17h30 às 19h30 no próprio IEL ( Veja detalhes e como se inscrever). O evento é organizado pelo professor Marcos Aparecido Lopes, coordenador de Graduação do IEL. Uriarte destaca que vai abordar, no curso, o papel da guerra na construção dos aparatos burocráticos e militares do estado em diferentes países. “Numa palavra, estudaremos a relação entre guerra e modernização”, descreve. Os problemas de representação relacionados com a guerra também serão estudados por meio de ensaios, crônicas, diários de viagem e textos de ficção. O professor falou sobre o tema em entrevista ao Portal Unicamp ."
Dr. Thiago Nicodemo (UERJ, Brazil): Visiting Scholar in our Dept of Hispanic Lang and Lit at Stony Brook University
Dr. Thiago Nicodemo is Professor of Brazilian History at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) is a specialist in the work of Sérgio Buarque de Holanda and author of two books: Urdidura do Vivido. Visão do Paraíso e a Obra de Sérgio Buarque de Holanda nos Anos 1950 (2008) and Alegoria Moderna. Crítica literária e história da literatura na obra de Sérgio Buarque de Holanda (2014).
Dr. Nicodemo will be giving talks and visiting seminars during his term as Visiting Scholar this spring semester 2015.
The Department is extremely glad to announce that Assistant Prof. Aurelie Vialette has joined our faculty, beginning this fall 2014. Prof. Vialette, who received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009 specializes in 19th century literature and culture from Spain. To learn more about her research, teaching and publications, please visit her web page.
Faculty receive prestigious national awards for 2014. Congratulations to Daniela and Lena!
Prof. Daniela Flesler has been awarded a 2014 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship, for the project “The Memory Work of Sepharad: New Inheritances for Twenty-First Century Spain.”
Prof. Lena Burgos-Lafuente received a 2014 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for the project "Pedagogies of Progress: Listening to the Long 1950s in Puerto Rico".
2013 Hispanic Languages and Literature Best Undergraduate Essay Award
Once again this year we will award a prize for the best original undergraduate critical essay. Papers should be submitted by Thursday May 16, 12:00 noon. The papers should be submitted in hard copy to the office of the Undergraduate Director, Daniela Flesler, Library N3018.
The essay itself should NOT include your name. NO more than one essay can be submitted.
A separate cover page should contain:
—the course and semester (Fall 2012 or Spring 2013) for which you wrote the paper
A department committee will evaluate the essays and the award will be presented at the department graduation ceremony on May 24th.
RESEARCH TRAVEL GRANTS IN LATIN AMERICA, THE CARIBBEAN AND SPAIN
We are pleased to offer 6 or 7 competitive grants for advanced doctoral students in the Humanities or Social Sciences at Stony Brook University. Travel Grants will be in the amount of US$ 2,000 to US$ 2,500, depending on the destination, and should be used for research in Latin America, the Caribbean or Spain during the summer of 2013. Students should be already involved in pre-dissertation or dissertation research at the time of the application. In all cases, the student’s main research must be on Latin America, the Caribbean or Spain. There are no nationality restrictions.
Complete applications must include:
- Application form
- Two page research statement explaining the dissertation or pre-dissertation project and how it relates to the travel plans (700 words maximum)
- A budget detailing expenses for transportation, lodging and research
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Recommendation letter submitted by email directly by the student’s adviser
All material should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Travel Grant Application 2013” as your email subject.
APPLICATION deadline: Friday April 19, 2013
A multidepartmental committee will evaluate all applications and students will be notified by email on May 1, 2013.
Funded by: The Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, The Graduate School, Latin American and Caribbean Center, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature, Department of History and Department of Sociology at Stony Brook University.
New 2013 publication by Daniela Flesler and Adrián Pérez-Melgosa
Revisiting Jewish Spain in the Modern Era
Edited by Daniela Flesler, Tabea Linhard, Adrián Pérez Melgosa.Published February 14th 2013 by Routledge.168 pages.
Uruguayan National Award to Prof. Javier Uriarte
“ Fazedores de desertos: viajes, guerra y Estado en América Latina (1864-1902),” Javier Uriarte's dissertation completed last year at NYU, has been distinguised with the 2012 National Award in Uruguay, under the category of Unpublished Literary Essay (Ensayo literario inédito) by the National Ministry of Education and Culture in Uruguay.
Prof. Javier Uriarte is currently Visiting Professor in Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Latin American literary and cultural studies.