ROLENA ADORNO, Yale University

Sterling Professor of Spanish at Yale, Rolena Adorno recently received the Modern Language Association’s Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement. Her Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction reveals the importance of colonial Latin American literature for general readers with an interest in the early culture of the European Americas; the earlier Guaman Poma: Writing and Resistance in Colonial Peru helped put the study of the indigenous heritage of Latin America “on the map.” Her award-winning The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative shows why early modern Spanish debates on the Americas are still relevant today. Appointed by the President in 2009, she serves on the National Council on the Humanities (NEH). She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary professor at La Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.


Thur-Fri, Sept. 15-16      
    U. of South Carolina, Columbia

Thur-Fri, Sept. 22-23      
    U. of Mississippi, Oxford

Thur-Fri, Oct. 13-14            
    Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL 

Thur-Fri, Oct. 27-28            
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Wed-Thur, February 22-23
     Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Mon-Tue, March 6-7                    
    Claremont McKenna C., Claremont, CA

Thur-Fri, March 9-10                    
    U. of Redlands, Redlands, CA

Thur-Fri, April 13-14                      
    Willamette U., Salem, OR


Mark Twain on Spain

"Dancing with the Stars" (Baroque Style):  Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and Carlos de Siguenza y Gongora

What Does Columbus Day Mean Now?: or Why Hispanic Heritage Month Matters

Gonzalo Guerrero:  Hearsay and History in Myth-Making About Colonial Latin America

The Friar and the Native Lord:  What Manuscript Artifacts Can Tell Us About the Collaboration of Their Makers

Alvar Nunez Cabeza da Vaca and the Legacy of One of the Earliest European Sojourns in North America

The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative

The End of History in Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala's New Chronicle and Good Government

The Intellectual Life of Bartolome de las Casas

"The Polemics of Possession":  Spain on the Americas, circa 1550

Estevanico's Legacy:  Insights into Colonial Latin American Studies from Postcolonial Africa

Court and Chronicle:  A Native Andean's Engagement with Spanish Colonial Law

Guaman Poma and the Polemics of Possession, or How a Native Andean Looked at the World of Spanish Colonialism

Spanish in the World, Then and Now

View complete list of Adorno's public lecture topics/classroom discussion subjects.

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