Kirsten Silva Gruesz
|Division||Humanities Division, |
Social Sciences Division
|Department||Literature Department, |
|Affiliations||Latin American & Latino Studies, |
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies,
Chicano Latino Research Center
|Phone||831-459-2225 (Office), |
|Web Site||Personal Webpage|
|Office||Humanities 1 636|
|Office Hours||Winter 2017: Wednesdays 3:45-5; Fridays 10:30-12|
|Campus Mail Stop||Humanities Academic Services|
|1156 High Street|
Santa Cruz, CA
Latino/Chicano literary cultures, 19th century to present. Transnational and comparative American Studies. Nineteenth-century US poetry and fiction. History of the book and print culture, along with digital humanities. Bilingualism, literacy studies, translation studies.
Biography, Education and Training
BA Swarthmore; PhD Yale. I am interested in the changing conditions of literary production and reception: who gets to say what's good, or what's worth remembering? What languages and linguistic registers have social power, and who gets access to them? These are the questions I ask about English- and Spanish-language materials from across the Americas, from the seventeenth century to the present (although the mid-nineteenth century, on the one hand, and the post-NAFTA era, on the other, are the periods in which most of my research focuses.) I write about, and teach, contemporary works by U.S. Latinas and Latinos, whose experiences are deeply rooted in the entangled histories of colonization and racism that link the U.S. to Mexico and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, with particular force. I am active in many clusters and initiatives, including the Latino Cultures Network and the Latino Literary Cultures Project/Proyecto culturas literarias latinas. In other professional contexts, I spread the gospel of comparative and multilingual approaches to "American" literature and history.
Honors, Awards and Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, 2016
Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2005-06
- This is a list of my most cited and most recent publications; follow link to personal webpage for a complete listing.
- Book: Ambassadors of Culture: The Transamerican Origins of Latino Writing (Princeton University Press, 2002).
- "1521: Mexico in America" and "1836: Richard Henry Dana's Two Years Before the Mast" in A New Literary History of America., eds. Werner Sollors and Greil Marcus (Harvard University Press, 2009).
- “Utopía Latina: The Ordinary Seaman in Extraordinary Times.” Modern Fiction Studies 49:1 (Spring 2003), 54-83.
- "The Gulf of Mexico System and the 'Latinness' of New Orleans," American Literary History 18:4 (Fall 2006).
- "Walt Whitman, Latino Poet," in Walt Whitman, Where the Future Becomes Present, eds. Michael Robertson and David Haven Blake (U Iowa Press, Iowa Whitman Series, 2008).
- "America," entry in Keywords for American Cultural Studies, eds. Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler (NYU Press, 2007, 2nd ed. 2014).
- "The Mercurial Space of 'Central' America: New Orleans, Honduras, and the Writing of the Banana Republic," in Hemispheric American Studies, eds. Caroline Levander and Robert S. Levine (Rutgers University Press, 2008).
- "The Once and Future Latino: Notes Toward a Literary History todavía para llegar," in Contemporary US Latino/a Literary Criticism, eds. Lyn Diloria Sandín and Richard Pérez (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
- "Hacia un mundo nuevo latino: los periódicos hispanos en los Estados Unidos a fines del siglo XIX," Revista Iberoamericana LXXII (enero-marzo 2006), no. 214. pp. 185-198.
- “Translation: A Key(word) into the Language of America(nists),” American Literary History 16:1 (Spring 2004).
- “Mexican/American: The Making of Borderlands Print Culture,” in US Popular Print Culture, 1860-1920, ed. Christine Bold (Oxford UP, 2011).
- "Tracking the First Latino Novel: Un matrimonio como hay muchos (1849) and Transnational Serial Fiction," in Transnational Serial Fiction, ed. Patricia Okker (Blackwell, 2011).
- “What Was Latino Literature?” PMLA 127:2 (March 2012). 335-341.
- “Authors, Readers, and the Mediations of Print Culture.” The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature, eds. Suzanne Bost and Frances Aparicio (Routledge, 2012). 485-494.
- “Alien Speech, Incorporated: On the Cultural History of Spanish in the U.S.” American Literary History 25:1 (spring 2013). 18-32.
- “The Errant Latino: Irisarri, Central Americanness, and the Intentionality of Migration,” forthcoming in A Latino Nineteenth Century, eds. Rodrigo Lazo and Jesse Alemán (NYU Press).
# See personal webpage for complete CV.
Same as expertise/research interests.
Courses TaughtLIT 80N, Latino Expressions in the US
LTEL 110F, 19C American Fiction
LTWL 127, Chicano/Mexicano Geographies
LTWL 117, History & Memory in the New World
LTEL 120C, 19C American Poetry