Mabel Moraña

Mabel Moraña

​Professor of Spanish
Program Director of Latin American Studies
William H. Gass Professor in Arts and Sciences
PhD, University of Minnesota

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​Professor Moraña specializes in a number of topics, from the colonial times to the present: the Baroque, nationhood and modernity; cultural criticism and cultural theory; contemporary Latin American narrative, postcolonial studies, intellectual history, gender and violence, among others.

In addition to Moraña's courses on colonial literature and Latin American cultural criticism and cultural studies, she teaches seminars on the nineteenth century, on Baroque /neo-baroque aesthetics and ideology, on women’s literature, and on violence and representation in Latin America.

Professor Moraña is the author of nine books, most recently Arguedas/ Vargas Llosa. Dilemas y ensamblajes (2013),  La escritura del límite (2010), Crítica impura (2004), Viaje al silencio. Exploraciones del discurso barroco (1999), Políticas de la escritura en América Latina (1997), among others. She has edited and co-edited more than thirty books, including Coloniality at Large. Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate (with Enrique Dussel and Carlos A. Jauregui), Ideologías del Hispanismo (2005), El salto de Minerva. Género, intelectuales y poder en América Latina (with María Rosa Olivera-Williams) (2006), Carlos Monsiváis ante la critica (with Ignacio Sánchez Prado) (2007), Ángel Rama y los estudios latinoamericanos (2006), etc.

Her many visiting appointments have taken her to such institutions as the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Harvard University, the Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar in Quito, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. She lectured extensively in France, Spain, South Korea, Canada, Latin America, and the United States, serving as keynote speaker in many national and international conferences.

Pensar el cuerpo: historia, materialidad, y simbolo

Pensar el cuerpo: historia, materialidad, y simbolo

Publisher Herder Editorial shares that Prof. Mabel Moraña's book constituye una incursión transdisciplinaria y multifacética en la densidad del pensamiento occidental sobre lo corporal, a través de las épocas. El libro comprende aspectos estéticos, políticos, filosóficos, sociales y científicos que contribuyen a promover la imagen del cuerpo —y de lo post-humano— como constelación de sentidos, como espectáculo y como plataforma para la implementación de estrategias de control y de goce, de preservación y de castigo, de agresión y de solidaridad comunitaria.  

Read more reviews and view the book trailer at Herder Editorial. 

Liquid borders: migration as resistance

Liquid borders: migration as resistance

Prof. Mabel Moraña provides a timely and critical analysis of the large-scale migration of people across borders, which has sent shockwaves through the global world order in recent years. In this book, internationally recognized scholars and activists from a variety of fields analyze key issues related to diasporic movements, displacements, exiles, "illegal" migrants, border crossings, deportations, maritime ventures, and the militarization of borders from political, economic, and cultural perspectives. Ambitious in scope, with cases stretching from the Mediterranean to Australia, the US/Mexico border, Venezuela, and deterritorialized sectors in Colombia and Central America, the various contributions are unified around the notion of freedom of movement, and the recognition of the need to think differently about ideas of citizenship and sovereignty around the world.

El lenguaje de las emociones

El lenguaje de las emociones

Collective reflection on the potential that the study of the languages ​​of love, emotion and sentimentality are for reinterpretation of Latin American cultural production, literature, cinema and music. Written in Spanish.