Dinorah Cortés-Vélez
Dr. Dinorah Cortés-VélezMarquette University

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Curriculum Vitae

Professor of Spanish

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Dr. Dinorah Cortés-Vélez is Associate Professor of Spanish at Marquette University. She specializes in Colonial Latin American literatures and cultures. Her secondary field of research is Puerto Rican literature and culture. She has published several articles on Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz regarding gender, epistemology, philosophy, and theology. She has also published articles on topics such as poetics, gender, sexuality, and race in contemporary Puerto Rican literature. Her work is included in a critical anthology on Sor Juana’s literary reception during the 20th century, La recepción literaria de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: un siglo de apreciaciones críticas (1910-2010). Dr. Cortés-Vélez is the creator and organizer of Marquette University’s biennial Caribbean studies conference Calibans and Caribbeanisms. She is a native of Puerto Rico who has published three books of fiction and a chapbook of poetry. Her most recent book of fiction, Fugas de duermevela: prosas heridas (Flights of Twilight Sleep: Wounded Texts), received an Honorable Mention in the literary contest of the PEN Club of Puerto Rico International. She is currently putting the finishing touches on a manuscript for a book to entitled, ““‘Sin que a uno u otro se incline’: La filosofía de género de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz” (“‘Not to Either State Inclined’: The Philosophy of Gender of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz”).


  • Ph.D., MA, University of Wisconsin, Madison 
  • MS, Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies, Old San Juan, S.J., Puerto Rico
  • BA, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Courses Taught

Developed and Taught: 

SPAN 4310-5310: Film and Society in Spanish: Introduction to Film Analysis

SPAN 4320: Latin American and Latinx Contemporary Issues through Film and Cultural Theory

SPAN 4320: Latin American and Latinx Contemporary Issues: Film, Visual Cultures, and the Power of the Image

SPAN 4450/5450: Literary Voices of Afro-Puerto Rican Literature

SPAN 4700: Creative Writing in Spanish

SPAN 4931/5931: Female Coming-of-Age Narratives in Latin American, U.S. Latino, and Caribbean Literatures

SPAN 4996:  Senior Experience: Religion, Humanism, and Social Justice in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz


SPAN 3001: Grammar Review and Writing

SPAN 3310: Peoples and Cultures of Latin America

SPAN 3320: Contemporary Themes of Latin America

SPAN 3500: Introduction to Literary Analysis

SPAN 3505: Introduction to Literary Analysis for Heritage and Native Speakers

SPAN 3515: Masterpieces of Early Spanish Literature                       

SPAN 4600/5600: Survey of Colonial Latin American Literature: From Pre-Columbian Times to the Baroque of the Indies

SPAN 4670/ 5670: Latin American Short Story          

Research Interests

  • Gender, Queer, and Race and Ethnicity Studies
  • Feminist Epistemology, Philosophy, and Theology


  • Colonial Latin American Literature and Culture
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz/ The Baroque of Indies
  • Gender and Queer Studies
  • Contemporary Latin American Literatures and Cultures
  • Puerto Rican literature and culture


Selected Publications (after tenure): 

I. Colonial Literature 

  • “Década de 1980: Hallazgos, trampas y una plétora de publicaciones”. La recepción literaria de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: un siglo de apreciaciones críticas (1910-2010). Biblioteca Batioja: Instituto de Ideas Auriseculares (IDEA),  371-387.
  • “Faith and Dissidence in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.” Volume Three: 1451 to 1770, Religious Belief and Dissent. A Companion to World Literature” General Editor: Dr. Ken Segneurie. Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature. Wiley Publishers, 2019. 1-12.
  • Primero sueño Segundo sueño, un diálogo poético trasatlántico” [“First Dream and Second Dream, a Transatlantic Poetic Dialogue”]. Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry. From Muses to Poets: New Approaches to Women and Poetry in Early Modern Iberia and Colonial Latin America. Volume 22, Number 2 (Fall 2017): 217-234.
  • “Sor Juana ante la paradoja de un sueño” [“Sor Juana Before the Paradox of a Dream”]. A Journal Devoted to the Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese. Vol. 98. Número 1 (Mar 2015): 139-151.


  • “‘Between the Tree of Memory and the Bark of History’: Revisiting El Inca Garcilaso’s Sites of Memory.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Inca Garcilaso. Editors: Christian Fernández, José Antonio Mazzotti. Modern Language Association of America. Forthcoming: September 2021.

II. Puerto Rican Literature 

  • “Deseo homoerótico y cartografías de lo insular en Víctor Hernández Fragoso” [“Homoerotic Desire and Cartographies of Insularity in Víctor Hernández Fragoso”]. Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. Tercera Serie. Núm. 14 (diciembre 2020): 52-63.
  • “Hecho de sangre: el gótico caribeño de Ana María Fuster Lavín”[“Bloody Acts: The Caribbean Gothic of Ana María Fuster Lavín”]. Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. Tercera Serie. Núm. 11 (agosto 2019): 91-99.
  • “Mitopoeia y posmodernidad barroca en Las brujas del teatro feminista” [“Mitopoeia and Baroque Postmodernity in Las brujas del teatro feminista”]. Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. Tercera Serie, Núm. 7 (enero 2018): 36-47.
  • ”Clara Gardenia Otero, Palmira Parés y el feminismo queer de Manuel Ramos Otero” [“Clara Gardenia Otero, Palmira Parés and Manuel Ramos Otero’s Queer Feminism”]. Special Issue: Revisiting Puerto Rican Queer Sexualities. Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. XXX. No. 2 (Summer 2018): 68-87.
  • “Kitsch neobarroco en la novelabingode Manuel Ramos Otero” [“Neobaroque Kitsch in la novelabingo by Manuel Ramos Otero”]. Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. Tercera Serie, Núm. 7 (enero 2018): 166-177.
  • “Puertorriqueñidad y negritud en Down These Mean Streets” [“Puerto Ricanness and Negritude in Down These Mean Streets”]. Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.Tercera Serie. Número V (enero 2017): 53-67.
  • “Misticismo y erotismo en la querencia de Anjelamaría Dávila” [“Mysticism and Eroticism in la querencia by Anjelamaría Dávila”]. Cuadrivium: Revista del Departamento de Español de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Humacao. Número 11. Año 17 (otoño 2015-primavera 2016): 72-77.

III. Latin American Literature 


“Orfismo, rosas y locura en un cuento de Clarice Lispector” [“Orphism, Roses, and Madness in a Short Story by Clarice Lispector”]. Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades (REGS).

IV. Creative Writing Books Published 

Short story book: Fugas de duermevela: prosas heridas. [Flights of Twilight Sleep: Wounded Texts]. Editorial Isla Negra, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2018.

Poetry chapbook: Poemas de la soledad en Wisconsin [Poems of the Loneliness in Wisconsin]. Colección La cólera de las erinias, 8. San Sebastián, Puerto Rico: Indómita Editores, 2015.

Multi-genre miscellany: Cuarentena y otras pejigueras menstruales [Quarantine and Other Menstrual Trifles]. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Isla Negra Editores, 2013.

Novel: El arca de la memoria: una biomitografía [The Chest of Memory: a Biomythography]. 1st and 2nd edition. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Isla Negra Editores. 2011, 2012.  

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