Dr. Mariela Méndez

Associate Professor of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member

Profile

Dr. Méndez’s research engages comparative literary studies and feminist and queer theories to interrogate representations of genders and sexualities in print culture throughout Latin America. In particular, she addresses the various ways in which women writers have used the press to craft alternative spaces of cultural, aesthetic, and political intervention that disrupt heteronormative ideologies. She teaches at the intersection of Latin American Studies, Transnational Feminisms, Queer Theory, and Feminist New Materialisms. She is the author of Crónicas travestis: El periodismo transgresor de Alfonsina Storni, Clarice Lispector y María Moreno (Rosario: Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2017), and co-editor of the books Escrituras a ras de suelo: Crónica latinoamericana del siglo XX (Santiago de Chile: Ediciones Universidad Finis Terrae, 2014), Un libro quemado (Buenos Aires: Editorial Excursiones, 2014), and Nosotras . . . y la piel (Buenos Aires: Alfaguara, 1998). She is currently working on a book on the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector.

Grants and Fellowships

Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship for Women Educators, 1998-1999.

Awards

J. William Fulbright Grant, 1998-2000.

Certifications

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Publications

Books

Crónicas travestis: El periodismo transgresor de Alfonsina Storni, Clarice Lispector y María MorenoRosario, Argentina: Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2017

Escrituras a ras del suelo: crónica latinoamericana del siglo xx, Co- Editor.  Santiago de Chile: Ediciones Universidad Finis Terrae, 2014.

Un libro quemado, Co-Editor. Buenos Aires: Editorial Excursiones, 2014.

Nosotras . . . y la piel, Co-Editor. Buenos Aires: Alfaguara, 1998.

Articles

“De crepusculares y garotas modernas: Las columnas travestidas de Alfonsina Storni y Clarice Lispector” [“Of Crepuscular Women and Modern Garotas: The transvestite columns of Alfonsina Storni and Clarice Lispector”].  Revista Iberoamericana (forthcoming).

""Aulinhas de Sedução" [Small Lessons in Seduction]: Clarice Lispector on How (Not) to Be a Woman." Angelaki 22, no. 1 (2017): 197-206.

“‘Só para mulheres (Just for Women):’ Alfonsina Storni’s and Clarice Lispector’s Transgression of the Women's Page.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 35.2 (Fall 2016): 413-437.

El Teje: Primer Periódico Travesti Latinoamericano, o de cómo resignificar cuerpos que hablen y militen” [“El Teje: Primer Periódico Travesti Latinoamericano, or How to Resignify Speaking, Militant Bodies”]. Letras Femeninas 42.1 (Summer/Fall 2016): 143-155.

("Alternative Mappings of Belonging: Non son de aquí by María do Cebreiro and Rasgado by Lila Zemborain.") Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 91.6, September 2014: 637-658.

“'The dampness of her mother‟s womb, the only place to be' o cómo recuperar el habla después de la tragedia. Rasgado, de Lila Zemborain”  Dossier “Travesías: del género, la ciudad y la literatura.”
No-Retornable, September 2010.

http://www.no-retornable.com.ar/v6/dossier/mendez.html

"Disorienting the Furniture: The Transgressive Journalism of Alfonsina Storni and Charlotte Perkins Gilman."  Journal of Transnational American Studies 1(2), March 2010.

"Identidad a contrapelo:  Subjetividad femenina y espacios urbanos en el diario de Carolina Maria de Jesus."  Nuevo Mundo/Mundos Nuevos, Debates 2009, November 2009

http://nuevomundo.revues.org/index57713.html

"‘The Republic of Women:'  Notes Towards a Critical Assessment," Brújula, No. 4, University of California Davis, December 2005.

Chapters

"Memoria, espacio y lenguaje en Rasgado de Lila Zemborain." Memoria e imaginación poética en el Cono sur (1960-2010). Ediciones Corregidor, 2015: 163-176.

“Aliadas e insurrectas: Las columnas femeninas de Alfonsina Storni y Clarice Lispector.” Redes, alianzas y afinidades. Mujeres y escritura en América Latina. Ediciones Uniandes y Universidad de Chile, 2014: 177-193.

Additional Publications

Encyclopedia entry: “El Teje (2007-2012).” Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History. Macmillan (forthcoming).

Education

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst

B.A., Instituto de Educación Superior Olga Cossettini, Rosario, Argentina

Contact Information

330 Carole Weinstein International Center
(804) 287-6043
(Mobile)

Areas of Expertise

Latin American crónica
Southern Cone and Brazilian women writers
Transnational Feminist Theory and Practice
Gender and Sexuality Studies

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