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Catherine Vallejo

 

Catherine Vallejo

Professor  

Office H 543.07
Tel 514.848.2424, ext. 2317
E-mail Catherine.Vallejo@concordia.ca



In general, my research interests and publications center on nineteenth-century Spanish-American women’s issues and writing, especially as related to the Spanish Caribbean, and based on the perspectives of feminist criticism, sociocriticism and discourse analysis. Research on-site in various Caribbean areas has allowed me access to and (re)publication of little known, but interesting and important works by women writers from the Dominican Republic (Virginia Elena Ortea), Cuba (Mercedes Matamoros, Graziella Garbalosa), and Colombia (Soledad Acosta de Samper). After publishing a number of articles on (Cuban) Women in Spanish-American modernismo  (in which women are still being ignored by contemporary critics), I have recently published a monograph arguing that there were women “in the men’s club”, as shown in the works of several Cuban poets between 1880 and 1915. My long association and collaboration with Casa de las Américas in Havana has also resulted in several collective publications of Latin-American women’s writing before 1900 (see Books published…). For the past few years I have been working on Spanish and Spanish-American women’s texts on their travels to the Paris (1889, 1900) and Chicago (1893) World Exhibitions (see Articles published). These and other projects have been funded by generous grants from Concordia University and the Canadian Federal government. My current project centers on the 500-year literary “construction” of Anacaona, an Indian woman executed by the Spanish governor on the Island of Hispaniola in 1503, about whom a large number of writers have produced fictionalized biographies in some form, generally with a specific ideological purpose.

 

Please see my full Curriculum Vitae here

 

Summary of Academic history

PhD. 1991 (Littérature), Université de Montréal.

● Specialization in contemporary Latin-American literature;

● Thesis: Elementos para una semiótica del cuento hispanoamericano del siglo XX

              (Thesis Director: Prof. Monique Sarfati-Arnaud; thesis published).

● June 1, 2005-present, Professor of Spanish

● July 1-December 31, 2008, Associate Vice-President Int’l (Interim; leave replacement)

  • June 1, 1999-2005, Assoc. Prof. of Spanish and Chair, CMLL

 

Recent Publications            -             Books   (see Book Covers here)

• The Women in the Men’s Club: Women Modernista Poets in Cuba, 1880-1910. [monograph] New Orleans: University Press of the South, 2012. 172pp.

• Campuzano, Luisa & Catharina Vallejo, eds. ‘Tenemos que hablar, tenemos que hacer.’ Discurso femenino latinoamericano del siglo XIX Estudios y textos. La Habana/Montreal: Casa de las Américas/Concordia University, 2011.

• Vallejo, Catharina, Prólogo, ed. y notas. Graziella Garbalosa, La gozadora del dolor. Buenos Aires: Stockcero, 2007.

• Vallejo, Catharina, Prólogo, ed. y notas. Acosta de Samper, Soledad. Una holandesa en América. La Habana/Bogotá: Casa de las Américas/Universidad de los Andes, 2007.

•  Vallejo, Catherine, ed. Matamoros, Mercedes. Obras, 1892-1906. La Habana: Eds. Unión, 2004. ["Edición, notas y estudio preliminar"]

• Campuzano, Luisa & Catharina Vallejo, eds. "Yo con mi viveza...": Textos de conquistadoras, monjas, brujas, poetas y otras mujeres de la colonia. [250pp] Habana: Casa de las Américas/ Concordia University, 2003.

 

Selected Recent Publications      -             Articles, refereed

“José Martí y su transpensamiento de Ramona de Helen Hunt Jackson,” [accepted for public. in Revista Iberoamericana, 26pp. mss]

“Representación de la Infanta Eulalia en Cuba, mayo de 1893: Epistolario, memorias, reportajes y ficción”, accepted by Iberoamerica Global, vol. 5 #2, July 2012 (11pp.). [SSHRC-funded research]

“’Como dama y como reina’: la constitución de la ‘Infanta Eulalia’ en su viaje a Cuba y los         Estados Unidos, 1893,” Letras Femininas, XXXVII/2 (Invierno 2011): 179-199 [SSHRC-funded research]

“Show and Tell: Eva Canel at the 1893 Chicago World Exhibition,” Decimonónica, 9:1 (Winter/Invierno 2012), 107-125. [SSHRC-funded research]

“Vasos comunicantes: Persistencia, revisión y el nuevo ensayo de mujeres cubanas, 1947-2007”, Revista iberoamericana, Vol. LXXVIII/240, Julio-Septiembre 2012, 521-538.

“’Seeing’ Spain at the 1893 Chicago World (Columbian) Exhibition” Spectacle and Topophilia. Reading Early Modern and Postmodern Hispanic Cultures. David R. Castillo & Bradley Nelson eds. Nashville TN: Vanderbilt UP, 2011. 155-172 [SSHRC-funded research]

"La gozadora del dolor y otras novelas de Graziella Garbalosa: erotismo, naturalismo y vanguardismo en la narrativa femenina cubana de los años veinte". Revista Iberoamericana Vol. LXXV #226, enero-marzo 2009. 153-166.

"Emilia Pardo Bazán, modernity, gender and nationalism at the Paris World Exhibitions of 1889 and 1900." Rev.  Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos  Vol. 32, #3, Primavera 2008 (appeared Jan. 2009). 453-474 [SSHRC-funded research].

"From muse to poet: Paratextual practices of women poets in Cuba at the end of the nineteenth century". Decimonónica, I, 1 (Winter/Invierno 2007): 79-92.

"Writing the World and the Female Self: A Cuban Woman's Perspective of the Paris (1889) and Chicago (1893) World Expositions." Decimonónica I, 1, Fall 2004, 114-127 (see www.decimonónica.org) [SSHRC-funded research].

"Estrategias discursivas para la constitución de la identidad femenina en el espacio nacional cubano, 1890-1910" Revista Iberoamericana, LXIX, #205 (Oct.-Dec. 2003). 969-984.

"Women writers and modernismo: strategies of expression in the Cuban poet Nieves Xenes." Rev. Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. Vol. XXVI, #3. (Spring) 2002. 511-526).

 

Recent Publications            -             Articles, invited

“La ‘construcción’ de Anacaona, cacica taína muerta en 1503, en dos textos de España de mediados del siglo XIX – la emancipación negada”, Revolución y cultura, (La Habana), julio-agosto-sept. 2011, 9-13.

“Eva Canel en la Exposición Colombina de Chicago, julio-octubre 1893”, 151-160 IN Campuzano, Luisa & Catharina Vallejo, eds. ‘Tenemos que hablar y hacer.’ Discurso femenino latinoamericano del siglo XIX Estudios y textos. La Habana/Montreal: Casa de las Américas/Concordia University, 2011. 151-160.

“’Ni remotamente pude pensar que sería delito”: La ‘Historia de una mujer’ (1849) de Manuela Aybar o Rodríguez ”, IN above, 289-296.

“La autoridad de la tradición en Almacén de las señoritas (1860) de Emilia Serrano, baronesa de Wilson,” IN above, 61-68.

“Salomé Ureña de Henríquez (República Dominicana): un espíritu en la tensión de confluencias  productivas”, 68-85 IN Silvana Serafin, Emilia Perassi, Susanna Regazzoni, Luisa Campuzano, coords. Más allá del umbral. Autoras hispano-americanas y el oficio de la escritura. Sevilla: Renacimiento, 2010.

“Mujer y modernismo: representación y teoría,” Casa de las Américas 248 (Jul-Sept. 2007): 41-53 [SSHRC-funded research].

"La 'Historia de una mujer' (1849) de la dominicana Manuela Aybar o Rodríguez," IN Márgara Russotto ed. Ansiedades autoriales. Caracas: U. Central de Venezuela/Ed.Equinoccio, 2006. 147-162.

"Legitimación de la expresión femenina y apropiación de la lengua en Una holandesa en América de Soledad Acosta de Samper: dialéctica de cultura y traducción" 483-492 IN Soledad Acosta de Samper: Escritura, género y nación en el siglo XIX, C. Alzate ed. Frankfurt/New York: Vervuert, 2005.

"Dicotomía, dialéctica y paradoja: Una holandesa en América y el canon" [Dichotomy, dialectics and paradox: A Dutch girl in America and the canon]. 289-300 IN Soledad Acosta de Samper: Escritura, género y nación en el siglo XIX, C. Alzate ed. (as above)

 

Conference papers presented (selection, since 2003)

 “El espacio vacío: (la) Malinche, la lengua y la traición: un viaje en el tiempo con Rosario Castellanos, Claribel Alegría *y otras escritoras de fines del siglo XX)”. La Habana: Casa de las Américas, Feb. 2013.

“La ‘construcción’ de Anacaona, cacica taína muerta en 1503, en dos textos de España de mediados del siglo XIX – la emancipación negada”. Coloquio Casa de las Américas, La Habana, Feb. 2011.

“Columbus seen through the eyes of the U.S., Cuba and Spain at the 1893 Chicago (Columbian) World Exhibition”, Can. Ass. of Hispanists, May 2010

“Cuban women see the Cuban Revolution, 1959-2009”, NEMLA, Montreal, April 2010.

“La mujer y el modernismo: Representación y teoría”, Casa de las Américas, Feb. 2007.

"Autobiografía, memoria y narrativa: El ‘Diario’ y una novela de Soledad Acosta de Samper," LASA, Puerto Rico, March 2006

"Viajeras caribeñas y españolas a la exposición de Chicago de 1893: una visión femenina de América Latina", NECLAS, Bowdoin College, Brunswick ME, October 2005.

"Autobiografía, memoria y narrativa: El ‘Diario’ y una novela de Soledad Acosta de Samper," Can. Assoc. of Hispanists, London ON, May 2005.

"Women's place: Caribbean women travelers to the World Exhibitions in the 19th century," 9th Int'l Conference of the Assoc. of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS), April 26-30, 2004, Sto Domingo, Dom. Rep.

"The Education of Women in the nineteenth century Spanish America: Eugenio María de Hostos and Ideological Utopia". NECLAS Conference, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH, Oct. 18, 2003.

"Tiempo, mujer y modernismo" ejes dinámicos en el Caribe, 1880-1915", Casa de las Américas, Havana, Feb. 17-21, 2003.

 

Funding received (selected, since 2000)                        

External

2005-08 SSHRC Standard Research Grant: $15,824, $11,400 and $13,723 (total $40,947) for: "Writing the World: Spanish and Cuban Women at the World Expositions of 1889, 1893, and 1900." (see articles published, above: Refereed)

2001-04 SSHRC Standard Research Grant: $11,325, $11,191, and $12,307 (ttl $34,823) for: "The women and the men's club: Women writers and Spanish Caribbean modernismo, 1885-1920." Book manuscript completed and published; see Books publ., above

                                                                                                              

Internal

2002 - 2009     Various grants in partial support for the publication of collective editions, with Casa de las Américas in La Habana

 

Teaching

Several courses in the recently established MA program

All undergraduate courses related to Spanish-American culture and literature

Many tutorials (Honours and Specialization requirements), on varied topics

 

 


 
 
 

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