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
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 research centers on the analysis
of the often-ignored discursive productions of colonial women, particularly, indigenous
women, in the context of the Spanish conquest and colonization of Peru.
She has published articles in Colonial Latin American Review, Hispania, the Journal
of Spanish Cultural Studies, the Journal of the Southwest and Monographic Review.
Her research has received funding from the Newberry Library as well as numerous internal
grants towards a book-length manuscript that compares various types of archival documents
and literary sources to reexamine key moments of the conquest and colonization of
the Andes from the perspective of indigenous women. Dr. Guengerich's research also
explores the narratives of people of African descent in the Early Modern Ibero-Atlantic
World, fashion in colonial discourses and indigenous literatures of the Andes.
Prizes and Honors
CMLL faculty and as an academic department have received numerous awards, spanning
excellence in research, excellence in teaching, and service to university students.
Some recent examples for Dr. Sara Guengerich include:
Nomination for the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014
Gloria Lyerla Library Memorial Fund Research Travel Grant, 2013
Nomination for the Hemphill Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011
Newberry Library Fellowship, 2010
Courses Commonly Taught
Spanish American colonial literatures and cultures
Introduction to Hispanic literatures
The Cultural Legacy of the Andes
Latin American Short Story
Intermediate Spanish Conversation
Areas of Research
Spanish American colonial literatures and history
Indigenous peoples of the Andes
Cultural and Gender studies
Afro-Hispanic narratives from colonial archival documents
Ecocriticism in the narratives of the Spanish Northern Frontier
Fashion in the Trans-Atlantic Early Modern Hispanic World
"Capac Women and the Politics of Marriage in Early Colonial Peru." Colonial Latin American Review. [Forthcoming 2014].
"Unfitting Shoes: Footwear Fashion and Social Mobility in Colonial Peru." Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies [Forthcoming 2014].
"Daughters of the Inca Conquest: Native Women in Spanish Colonial Probanzas." Uncovering the Colonial Archive: Women’s Textual Agency in Spanish America, 1500-1800, eds. Rocío Quispe-Agnoli and Mónica Díaz. [Forthcoming in 2014].
“Virtuosas y Corruptas: La mujer indígena en las obras de Guaman Poma de Ayala y el
Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.” Hispania. A Journal Devoted to the Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese 96.4 (2013): 672-83. Print.
"The Perceptions of the Bison in the Chronicles of the Spanish Northern Frontier."
Journal of the Southwest 55.1 (2013): 251-76. Print.
“Viceregal Fashions: Mantos, Sayas and Golden Buckles in Colonial Peru.” Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica XXV (2009): 45-70. Print.
“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,
pp. 175-193. Print.
“Bolivia and Its Importance to U.S. Latino Folklore.” Encyclopedia of Latino Folklore, ed. Maria Herrera-Sobek. Connecticut: Greenwood Press. Vol 1, 2012. 121-132. Print.