Dr. Mariela Méndez
Associate Professor of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member
Profile
Grants and Fellowships
Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship for Women Educators, 1998-1999.
Awards
J. William Fulbright Grant, 1998-2000.
Presentations
“Intervening Bodies: El Teje, the First Latin American Transvestite Newspaper.” Houston: XXVI Congreso Anual de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica, November 10-12 2016.
“‘Impressões leves’: Cuerpo, discursividad y materialidad en Clarice Lispector” [“‘Impressões leves':  Corporeality, Discursiveness, Materiality in Clarice Lispector”] New York: LASA XXXIV International Congress, May 27-30, 2016
“‘Aulinhas de Sedução’: Clarice Lispector on How (Not) to Be a Woman.” Austin: 131st Convention of the Modern Language Association, January 7-10, 2016.
“María Moreno: Un discurso y una mirada travesti.” [“María Moreno: A Transvestite Speech and Gaze”] San Juan, Puerto Rico: LASA XXXIII International Congress, May 27-30, 2015.
“What does it Mean to Write the Women’s Page: Alfonsina Storni and Clarice Lispector.” Oxford University, England: Women Writing Across Cultures Conference. September 26-28, 2014.
“Poetic Renderings of Trauma after 9/11: Rasgado by Lila Zemborain (2006).” Chicago: 129th Convention of the Modern Language Association, January 9-12, 2014.

“Key Moments in the Subversion of a Genre: Alfonsina Storni and Clarice Lispector Redefine Womanhood.” Chicago: 129th Convention of the Modern Language Association, January 9-12, 2014.

“(Un)inhabitable comparisons in Rasgado [Torn], Disobedience by Alice Notley (2001), and Non son de aqui [I am not from Here] by María do Cebreiro (2008)." University of Paris-Sorbonne, France: XXth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, July 18-24, 2013.

"Dentro y fuera de la escena cultural y literaria: la 'performance' de Alfonsina Storni y Clarice Lispector como escritoras" ["Inside and Outside the Cultural and Literary Scene: the 'performance' of Alfonsina Storni and Clarice Lispector as writers"]. Washington, D.C.: Latin American Studies Association International Congress, May 29-June 1, 2013.
"Dilemas de la identidad en Rasgado de Lila Zemborain (2006) y Non son de aqui de María do Cebreiro (2008)" ["Identity Dilemmas in Rasgado by Lila Zemborain and Non son de aqui by María do Cebreiro"]. Wake Forest University: Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, October 18-20, 2012.
“‘This country where I live:’ Linguistic and Spatial Belonging in the Poetry of Alice Notley and Lila Zemborain." Denver: Conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, October 10-13, 2012.
“‘¿Volverás a Santiago alguna vez?:’ Pertenencia espacial y lingüística en Rasgado de Lila Zemborain (2006) y Non son de aquí de María do Cebreiro" [“ ‘Will you ever come back to Santiago?:’ Spatial and Linguistic Belonging in Rasgado by Lila Zemborain (2006) and Non son de aquí by María do Cebreiro (2008)] Universidad de Cádiz, Spain: XXXIX Congreso del Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamerican, July 3-6, 2012.
“Aliadas e Insurrectas: Las columnas femeninas de Alfonsina Storni y Clarice Lispector” [“Allies and Rebels: The Feminine Columns of Alfonsina Storni and Clarice Lispector”] Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia: Simposio Redes, alianzas y afinidades: escritura de mujeres en América Latina, siglos XIX y XX. Homenaje a Montserrat Ordóñez, November 2-4, 2011.
“Lenguaje y espacio hecho añicos en Rasgado de Lila Zemborain” [“Language and Space Shattered to Pieces in Rasgado by Lila Zemborain”] Habitar el género/Inhabiting gender. Universitat de Barcelona, Spain: XXI Congreso Anual de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica, October 19-21, 2011.
“Doubled Voice: Poems and Translations.” 2011 Annual Conference of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Washington DC, February 2011.
Certifications
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Publications
Books
Crónicas travestis: El periodismo transgresor de Alfonsina Storni, Clarice Lispector y María Moreno. Forthcoming with Beatriz Viterbo Editora (Argentina).
Escrituras a ras del suelo: crónica latinoamericana del siglo xx, Co- Editor.  Santiago de Chile: Ediciones Universidad Finis Terrae, 2014.
Un libro quemado, Co-Editor. Buenos Aires: Editorial Excursiones, 2014.
Nosotras . . . y la piel, Co-Editor. Buenos Aires: Alfaguara, 1998.
Articles
“‘Aulinhas de Sedução:’ Clarice Lispector on How (Not) to Be a Woman.” Forthcoming in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities.
“De crepusculares y garotas modernas: Las columnas travestidas de Alfonsina Storni y Clarice Lispector” [“Of Crepuscular Women and Modern Garotas: The transvestite columns of Alfonsina Storni and Clarice Lispector”].  Revista Iberoamericana (forthcoming).
“‘Só para mulheres (Just for Women):’ Alfonsina Storni’s and Clarice Lispector’s Transgression of the Women's Page.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 35.2 (Fall 2016): 413-437.
El Teje: Primer Periódico Travesti Latinoamericano, o de cómo resignificar cuerpos que hablen y militen” [“El Teje: Primer Periódico Travesti Latinoamericano, or How to Resignify Speaking, Militant Bodies”]. Letras Femeninas 42.1 (Summer/Fall 2016): 143-155.
"Memoria, espacio y lenguaje en Rasgado de Lila Zemborain." Memoria e imaginación poética en el Cono sur (1960-2010). Ediciones Corregidor, 2015: 163-176.

“Aliadas e insurrectas: Las columnas femeninas de Alfonsina Storni y Clarice Lispector.” Redes, alianzas y afinidades. Mujeres y escritura en América Latina. Ediciones Uniandes y Universidad de Chile, 2014: 177-193.

"‘The Republic of Women:'  Notes Towards a Critical Assessment," Brújula, No. 4, University of California Davis, December 2005.

Education
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.A., Instituto de Educación Superior Olga Cossettini, Rosario, Argentina
Contact Information
(804) 287-6043
Areas of Expertise
Latin American crónica
Southern Cone and Brazilian women writers
Contemporary Women's Poetry
Transnational Feminist Theory and Practice
Gender and Sexuality Studies