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Dr. Sara Guengerich
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2009
Courses Commonly Taught
- Spanish American colonial literature
- Introduction to Hispanic literatures
- The Cultural Legacy of the Andes
- Latin American Short Story
- Advisor of Céfiro, the Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Student Association
Areas of Research
- Spanish American colonial literature and history
- Indigenous peoples of the Andes
- Cultural and Gender studies
- Afro-Hispanic narratives from colonial archival documents
- “Viceregal Fashions: Mantos, Sayas and Golden Buckles in Colonial Peru.” Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica XXV (2009), 45-70.
- “Paula de Eguiluz: The Witchcraft Trials of a Black Woman in Colonial Cartagena de Indias.” Afro-Latino Voices: Documentary Narratives from the Early Modern Iberian World, ed. Kathryn McKnight and Leo Garofalo. Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 2009.
- “Bolivia and Its Importance to U.S. Latino Folklore.” Encyclopedia of Latino Folklore, ed. Maria Herrera-Sobek. Connecticut: Greenwood Press (in press).
A native of Bolivia, Sara Vicuna Guengerich (M.A., Ph.D. in Spanish, University of New Mexico, 2004, 2009) is Assistant Professor of Colonial Latin American literature and history in the Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures. Professor Guengerich is also affiliated faculty in the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program. She teaches a variety of courses in literature, culture and Spanish American colonial discourses. Her fields of expertise are the representations of indigenous women in colonial texts and the early history of the Andes. Her current book project involves a cross-checking and comparison of various types of archival documents and published sources to reexamine key moments of the conquest and colonization of the Andes from the perspective of indigenous women. These moments are the initial encounter of Cajamarca between Pizarro and Atahualpa until the fall of Vilcabamba (1532-1572), the apogee of the extirpation of idolatries in the mid-colonial period (1647-71), and the resurgence of female cacicazgos in the early eighteenth-century. Dr. Guengerich has published articles dealing with narratives of people of African descent in the Early Modern Ibero-Atlantic World, fashion in colonial discourses and indigenous literatures of the Andes.Back to Faculty Directory