Originally from Bolivia, Sara Vicuña Guengerich (M.A., Ph.D. in Spanish, University
of New Mexico) is Associate 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. Dr. Guengerich's research also explores
the narratives of people of African descent in the Early Modern Ibero-Atlantic World,
material culture in colonial discourses and ecocritical approaches to colonial texts.
Prizes and Honors
CMLL faculty have received numerous awards, spanning excellence in research, excellence
in teaching, and service to university students. Some recent examples for Dr. Sara
Fellow at the Humanities Center at Texas Tech, 2015.
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.
Colonial Blackness: Race and Identity in the Spanish American Colonial World.
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
Material Culture in the Trans-Atlantic Early Modern Hispanic World
"The Inca Garcilaso on Women," Approaches to Teaching the Works of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. New York: Modern Language Association of America [Forthcoming]
"Capac Women and the Politics of Marriage in Early Colonial Peru." Colonial Latin American Review 24.2 (2015): 147-167. Print.
"Unfitting Shoes: Footwear Fashion and Social Mobility in Colonial Peru." Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 14.2 (2014): 159-85. Print.
"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 2016].
"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.