Katrina Corazon Barrientos

Research and Teaching Interests

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

Biography

A native of New York, Katrina Corazon Barrientos is a PhD Candidate in Spanish and Portuguese Literatures, a Presidential Fellow, and a Kellogg Institute Doctoral Student Affiliate at Notre Dame. Katrina earned her BA and MA in Spanish Literature with a minor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, summa cum laude, 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,” centers on shame, violence, trauma, and memory in Black female bodies in contemporary feminist Afro-Hispanic Caribbean poetry by the likes of Nancy Morejón, Lourdes Vázquez, Ángela Hernández Núñez, Elizabeth Acevedo, and others. Recently, Katrina was awarded Best Paper by a Graduate Student in 2021 by the Institute for 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’,” an adaptation of the fourth chapter of her dissertation. 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.

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. Selected by the Institute for Latino Studies as Best Paper by a Graduate Student in 2021.

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. “Aesthetics of Entrapment: Cinematographic Representations of Mayan Circular Cosmologies in Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul (2015).” Accepted for publication by Otherness: Essays and Studies 8.2 (2021).

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
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