Katrina Corazon Barrientos

Postdoctoral Fellow, Iberian and Latin American Studies
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Research and Teaching Interests

Decoloniality, Afro-Caribbean poetry, bodies of color, postcolonial spaces, indigenismo


A native of New York, Katrina Corazon Barrientos is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese Literatures from Notre Dame, and she earned her BA, summa cum laude, and MA in Spanish Literature with a minor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, from the University at Albany in New York.

From the outset, Katrina’s research has viewed various artistic and cultural productions of the Spanish-speaking world through a decolonial lens. Her dissertation, “Bodies Remembered: The Performance of Race, Class, and Gender,” centered on shame, violence, trauma, and memory in the contemporary poetic representation of Black female bodies in the Afro-Hispanic Caribbean. At present, she is working on a book drawing from her dissertation research and focusing on the sociological significance of wombs, hands, feet, and hair in Afro-Caribbean poetry on the feminine body.

Recently, Katrina received the José E. Limón Award for Best Paper in Latino Studies for her published article, “‘Strand-ed’: Interrogating the Shame of the Afro-Latina Female Body in Elizabeth Acevedo’s ‘Afro-Latina’ and ‘Hair’.” In her other forthcoming research, Katrina also considers the links between colored bodies, space, and decolonial theory in 20th- and 21st-century US Latinx, indigenous Central American, and Afro-Brazilian cinema, short stories, and poetry.

Outside her teaching and research pursuits, Katrina also serves as Copyeditor and Editorial Board Member on the peer-reviewed journals Postcolonial Text, Label Me Latina/o, and Andrea: Estudios sobre la identidad femenina en la literatura. In her free time, she enjoys poetry and fiction writing, pencil portraiture, and classical music.

Representative Publications

Selected Publications

Barrientos, K.C. “Asphyxia, Tritanopia and Hyphenation: The Aesthetics of Cuban-American Interstitiality in Gustavo Pérez Firmat’s Poetry.” Academia Letters (2021): 1-4. Web.

Barrientos, K.C. “‘Strand-ed’: Interrogating the Shame of the Afro-Latina Female Body in Elizabeth Acevedo’s ‘Afro-Latina’ and ‘Hair.’” Label Me Latina/o 10.2 (2020): 1-11.

Barrientos, K.C. “‘Learning to Sleep in New Places’: Language, Third Space and Othering in ‘Negocios’ and ‘Invierno’ by Junot Díaz.” Portals: A Journal of Comparative Literature 17 (2020). Web.

Barrientos, K.C. “Womb to Tomb: Mothers’ Bodies and Colonial Traumas in the Work of Three Afro-Hispanic Caribbean Feminist Poets.” Accepted for publication by Voces del Caribe: Revista de Estudios Caribeños 12 (2021).

Barrientos, K.C. “Technicity as Violence and Mistranslation of the American Dream in La carreta (1951) by René Marqués.” Under review.

Selected Conference Presentations

“‘Love and (Dis)Possession: The White Man and The Black Slave Woman in the Poetry of Nancy Morejón and Georgina Herrera.” Dissertation chapter presented at the 74th Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference, University of Kentucky, April 22-24, 2021.

“Womb to Tomb: Mother’s Bodies and Colonial Traumas in Select Afro-Caribbean Feminist Poetry.” Dissertation chapter presented at the 52nd Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference, University at Buffalo, March 11-14, 2021.

“‘Learning to Sleep in New Places’: The Othering Process of Transculturation in the Translation of Language and Space in ‘Negocios’ and ‘Invierno’ by Junot Díaz.” Presented at the 73rd Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference, University of Kentucky, April 16-18, 2020.

“Subversión del mito occidental del canibalismo africano ante la máquina colonial en ‘Ñam-ñam’ de Luis Palés Matos.” Presented at Calibans and Caribbeanisms: Troubling the Image, Marquette University, April 2-4, 2020.

“Agorafobia ante el mar abierto de decolonialidad en Retorno al país natal de Aimé Césaire.” Presented at the 39th Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Cincinnati, April 4-6, 2019.

“‘La gran niebla en el alma’: Voces de autoidentificación y decolonialidad temprana en la poesía de Feuillet, Escobar y Hernández.” Presented at the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) Hemispheric Transformations Conference, University of Virginia, March 25, 2017.

Email: kbarrientos@nd.edu
Office Hours: By appointment (Zoom)