Valeria Mora-Hernández

Research and Teaching Interests

Early Modern Spanish Literature, Cervantes, Zayas, disability studies, violence, and gender studies.
 

Biography

Valeria Mora-Hernández is a Ph.D. Candidate in Spanish and a 2020-21 Graduate Fellow at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. Her research focuses on the representations of violence and marginalization in Early Modern Spanish literature. Her doctoral dissertation examines the causes and effects of violence among characters in Lázaro de Tormes, El buscón (Quevedo), Novelas ejemplares (Cervantes), and Desengaños amorosos (Zayas). From the perspective of violence, gender and disability studies, her research sheds lights on the connections between violence and the constructions of self-identity in these canonical texts. She concludes that the protagonists use a variety of strategies such as mobility, silence, cross-dressing, and economic transactions to cope, denounce, and resist their positions as victims or survivors.

During the Fall 2020 semester at Notre Dame, she is teaching a new course inspired by her doctoral research titled: Gender, Identity and Violence: Female Representations in Early Modern Spanish Literature (ROSP30726). This course allows students to explore the portrayal of women in connection to gender violence as an element that shapes their individual identities according to socio-cultural and religious expectations. The course provides an opportunity for students to reflect on topics such as marriage, gender, body representations, inequality, identity and violence in both Early Modern and contemporary Spain. Previously, she has taught Beginning Spanish I and II; Intermediate Spanish I, and Introduction to Hispanic Literatures and Cultures.

As a researcher and instructor, she is committed to promote inclusion and wellbeing in academia. She also holds two teaching certificates: "Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom" (Cornell University | edX) and "Striving for Excellence in College and University Teaching certificate" (ND Learning | Kaneb Center).

Additionally, she is a member of the Asociación de Cervantistas (AC), the Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800) (GEMELA), the Asociación Internacional Siglo de Oro (AISO), and the Cervantes Society of America (CSA).

She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics (2014) and her M.A. in Hispanic Literature (2016) from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Publications

          Refereed Journal Articles

  • “Identidad, control y resistencia en El celoso extremeño: una relectura de Carrizales y Leonora.” Hispanófila, forthcoming.
  • “‘Hasta que hubiese despejado todas aquellas sierras’: peligro, soledad y penitencia en el espacio serrano de Don Quijote”. Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America, vol.38, no. 1, 2018, pp. 63-80. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/709121
  • “Sierra Morena: aproximaciones a la representación del espacio serrano en el Quijote de 1605”. Actas del IX Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas. Sâo Paulo, 29 de junio-3 de julio, 2015. Cuevas Cervera, Francisco, Maria Augusta Vieira, Ana de Souza, Valéria Moraes, Ether Zitelli y Mariana Beauchamps (editores), Centro de Estudios Cervantinos, Alcalá de Henares, 2018, pp. 375-383. http://asociaciondecervantistas.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IX-CINDAC.-La-pluma-es-la-lengua-del-alma.-Actas-3.pdf
  • “Escribir desde la penitencia y las antípodas de la santidad: la Relación autobiográfica de Sor Úrsula Suárez”. LL Journal 11, no.1, 2016, https://lljournal.commons.gc.cuny.edu/escribir-desde-la-penitencia-y-las-antipodas-de-la-santidad-la-relacion-autobiografica-de-sor-ursula-suarez/
  • “Cuerpo, animalización y testimonio: tres entradas de lectura a la novela Los Pichiciegos de Rodolfo Fogwill”. Derecho y humanidades, no. 23, 2014, pp.37-51. http://www.derechoyhumanidades.uchile.cl/index.php/RDH/article/view/41534
  • Conference Papers 

  • “Violent Words, Violent Silence: Problematic Communication in Don Quijote I.” 18th Annual Cervantes Symposium. Newberry Library, Chicago, 2019.
  • “De Carrizales a Leonora: emergencia del sujeto femenino en El celoso extremeño.” X Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, España, 2018.
  • “«Hasta que hubiese despejado todas aquellas sierras»: una relectura del espacio serrano en Don Quijote desde la tradición cultural”. XI Congreso de la Asociación Internacional Siglo de Oro (AISO). Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, España, 2017.
  • “Sierra Morena: aproximaciones a la representación del espacio.” IX Congreso de la Asociación de Cervantistas. USP, São Paulo, Brasil, 2015. 
  • “Poemas y cartas: aproximaciones a la escritura e intimidad en el espacio serrano de El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha”. IX Jornadas Cervantinas: Cuatrocientos años «impreso y en estampa»: Revisiones y relecturas de Cervantes. Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, 2015.
  • “Representaciones de la mujer letrada: Cristina de Pizán y Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz”. Congreso Internacional: Mujer y literatura femenina en la América Virreinal. Universidad de Los Andes, Santiago, Chile, 2014. 
  •  “Pasión y muerte del cura Deusto, de Augusto D’Halmar: las culturas del atrio”. XIX Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Chilena de Estudios Literarios. Concepción, Chile, 2014.