Erika Almenara Almenara
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
(WLLC)-World Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Dr. Erika Almenara is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Arkansas. She received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages & Literatures (Spanish) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2015. Her research interests include 20th and 21st century Latin American cultural production especially in the cases of subaltern/marginal subjects and communities. At the University of Arkansas, she teaches courses on masculinity, contemporary Latin American literature, the intersection between politics and aesthetics, and trauma writing. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Letras Femeninas, Revista Iberoamericana, Dissidences and Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism. Dr. Almenara is currently working on a book project that looks at Peru and Chile in the 20th and 21st centuries, arguing that contemporary Latin American narratives generated or constructed around non-hegemonic genders, and sexualities can be read not only as works about personal identity, but also as constitutive of a horizon of an alternative political language. She is also a published author and teaches the Creative Writing in Spanish class, she created in 2017.
Latin American Literature
19-21st Century Critical Theory
Gender and Sexuality Theory
Specifically, teaching interests include contemporary Andean, and Southern Cone cultural production with a particular emphasis on subaltern, gender, and sexualities critical theories. I have also interests in creative writing.
Non-Normative Genders and Sexualities in Contemporary Latin American Cultural Production (Fal 2018)
Foundational Fictions: Writing the Nation in Latin America (Spring 2017, Spring 2019)
Thinking Subalternity in Spanish American Cultural Production (Fall 2016, Summer 2019)
Latin American Short Story (Summer 2016, Summer 2018)
Modeling Masculinity: Understanding the Construction of Gender Roles in Early and Mid-Twentieth Century Latin America (Spring 2016)
Creative Writing in Spanish (Fall 2017, Fall 2018)
Honors Introduction to Literature (Spring 2018, Spring 2019)
Latin American Cinema and Society (Spring 2018, Fall 2019)
Cultural Readings (Fall 2016)
Latin American Civilization (online course) (Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015)
Introduction to Literature (Fall 2015)
Ph.D Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan, August 2001
Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies
M.A. Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, August 2009
B.A. Translation and Interpreting, Feminine University of the Sacred Heart, December 2000
The Language of the In-Between: Transvestism, Subalternity, and Writing in Contemporary Chile and Peru. University of Pittsburgh Press. (Forthcoming)
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
“Trauma y memoria en La sangre de la aurora de Claudia Salazar y Magallanes de Salvador del Solar.” Letras Femeninas. 2 volume 43, 2018. 55-67. Print.
“Descomposición de la masculinidad peruana en Bioy de Diego Trelles Paz” Revista Iberoamericana. 262 volume LXXXIV (January-March) 2018. 153-166. Print.
“Desviando la figura materna en Carol de Patricia Highsmith y ‘Descrubir’ de Patricia Miró Quesada.” Las Críticas. September, 2017.
“Resistencia de sujetos minoritarios y estado de excepción en Fuerzas especiales de Diamela Eltit.” Las Críticas. April, 2017.
“Escritura, travestismo e izquierda en Pedro Lemebel” Dossier: Excedido y luctuoso: Homenaje a Pedro Lemebel” Nomadías. Revista del Centro de Estudios de Género y Cultura de América Latina. (21) July (2016). Print.
“Sobre carnes y vidas desnudas en Tiempo de Silencio de Luis Martín Santos” Perifrasis. Revista de Literatura, Teoría y Crítica (6) Vol. 12 (July-December, 2015). Print.
“Multitud y memoria en El padre mío de Diamela Eltit” Dissidences. Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism 5 (9) (January, 2013) Article 2.
“El estigma y la mártir” Quehacer (July-September, 2012): 78-83. Print.
Books of Original Poetry
Perhaps, Editorial Caja Negra, Lima – Peru, 2018.
Para evitar los rastros, Tranvías Editores, Lima – Peru, 2009.
Reino Cerrado, Santo Oficio, Lima – Peru, 2006.
Graduate Student Researcher / Instructor (August 2010-July 2015)
University of Michigan
Graduate Student Researcher / Teaching Assistant (August 2007-July 2009)
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Publishing Editor (January 2007 – August 2007)
Translator and Interpreter (September 2006 – December 2006)
Translator and Interpreter (February 2006 – May 2006)
Peruvian Ministry of Transportations and Communications
Assistant Project Manager (March 2001 – August 2005)
Asociación Civil Impacta Salud y Educación
Independent Translator and Interpreter
- Translator for the Peruvian Archeological Museum (July 2000)
- Interpreter for the Project to Reform Telecommunications between The World Bank and the Peruvian Ministry of Transportations and Communications (March 2000)
- Translator for the Embassy of France in Peru (July 1999)
Travel Assistance from the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Office, University of Arkansas (2018)
University of Arkansas Artists and Concerts Committee Award (2018)
Teaching and Faculty Support Center Award, University of Arkansas (2018)
Fulbright College Humanities Summer Research Stipend, University of Arkansas (2017)
Travel Assistance from the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Office, University of Arkansas (2017)
Travel Assistance from the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Office, University of Arkansas (2016)
Dean’s Travel Request to conduct research in Lima-Peru, University of Arkansas (2016)
University of Arkansas Teaching Camp Fellowship (2016)
University of Arkansas Artists and Concerts Committee Award (2016)