Mariselle Meléndez Phd.

 Mariselle Meléndez

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Head, Conrad Humanities Scholar, Professor
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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. 

Research Interests

  • 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

Selected Publications

Books

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-Deviant and Useful Citizens: The Cultural Production of the Female Body in Eighteenth-Century Peru Nashville Vanderbilt University Press 2011.
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Mapping Colonial Spanish America: Places and Commonplaces of Identity, Culture and Experience. (Co-editor) Bucknell University Press 2002.
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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.

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. compiled by David Solodkow, compiled by Juan Vitulli. Educando a la mujer criolla en la prensa hispanoamericana de la Ilustración, 1790-1795 Compiled by David Solodkow, Compiled by Juan Vitulli, Buenos Aires, Argentina Ediciones Corregidor 2009, p. 353-377.
The Cultural Production of Space in Colonial Spanish America: From Visualizing Difference to the Circulation of Knowledge The Spatial Turn: Interdisciplinary Perspectives compiled by Barney Wharf, compiled by Santa Arias. The Cultural Production of Space in Colonial Spanish America: From Visualizing Difference to the Circulation of Knowledge Compiled by Barney Wharf, Compiled by Santa Arias, New York Routledge 2008, p. 173-191.
Visual Technologies as Pedagogical Artifacts: Teaching Sor Juana in a Virtual World Approaches to Teaching Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz compiled by Emile Bergman, compiled by Stacey Schlau. Visual Technologies as Pedagogical Artifacts: Teaching Sor Juana in a Virtual World Compiled by Emile Bergman, Compiled by Stacey Schlau, New York Modern Language Association of America Press 2007, p. 20-28.
Cuadros visuales sobre la mujer indígena en Trujillo del Perú: la historia como museo, 1782-1785 Ensayos de cultura virreinal latinoamericana compiled by Luis Millones. Cuadros visuales sobre la mujer indígena en Trujillo del Perú: la historia como museo, 1782-1785 Compiled by Luis Millones, Lima Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Lima 2006, p. 137-158.
Visualizing Difference: The Rhetoric of Clothing in Colonial Spanish America The Latin American Fashion Reader Visualizing Difference: The Rhetoric of Clothing in Colonial Spanish America Oxford and New York Berg Publishers 2005, p. 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 compiled by Santa Arias, compiled by Mariselle Melendez. Public Spectacle and the Fragmentation of the Female Body in Eighteenth-Century Peru: The Case of Micaela Bastidas Compiled by Santa Arias, Compiled by Mariselle Melendez, Bucknell University Press 2002, p. 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 compiled by Alvaro Felix Bolaños, compiled by Gustavo Verdesio. Representing Gender, Deviance, and Heterogeneity in the Eighteenth-Century Peruvian Newspaper Mercurio Peruano Compiled by Alvaro Felix Bolaños, Compiled by Gustavo Verdesio, New York SUNY University Press 2002, p. 175-95.

Journal Articles

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, p. 119-142.
Spanish American Enlightenments: Local Epistemologies and Transnational Exchanges in Eighteenth-Century Newspapers Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlighenmen 4 2009, p. 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, p. 263-277.
Patria, Criollos, and Blacks: Imagining the Nation in the Mercurio peruano, 1791-1795 Colonial Latin American Review 15 2 2006, p. 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, p. 251-277.
Inconstancia en la mujer: espacio y cuerpo femenino en el Mercurio peruano, 1791-94 Revista Iberoamericana 194 95 2001, p. 79-88.
Eighteenth Century Spanish America: Historical Dimensions and New Theoretical Approaches Revista de Estudios Hispánicos XXXV 3 2001, p. 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, p. 573-586.
Meléndez, Mariselle Geographies of Patriotism: A South American Port in the Age of Enlightenment VANDERBILT E-JOURNAL OF LUSO-HISPANIC STUDIES 9 2013, p. 114-127.
Introduction: Enlightenments in Ibero-America Colonial Latin American Review 24 1 2015, p. 1-16.

ChapterBooks

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. edited by Ivan Padilla. Edited by Ivan Padilla, 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 edited by Stephanie Kirk. Edited by Stephanie Kirk, Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh 2011.
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. edited by Francisco Ortega. Edited by Francisco Ortega, Bogotá Universidad Nacional de Colombia 2012.
Mariselle, Meléndez De Buenos Aires a Lima: Ilustración, espacio y autoría en El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes edited by Cristina Iglesias, compiled by Loreley El Jaber. Edited by Cristina Iglesias, Compiled by Loreley El Jaber, 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) compiled by Ileana Rodríguez. Compiled by Ileana Rodríguez, Barcelona Editorial Anthropos 2013.

Special Issues of a Journal

Meléndez, Mariselle, and Karen Stolley Introduction: Enlightenments in Ibero-America The Enlightenment in Colonial Spanish America Colonial Latin American Review 24 1 2015, p. 1-16.