Dr. Rolena Adorno is the Department Chair of Spanish and Portugese, and the Sterling Professor of Spanish at Yale University. Her areas of scholarship include Colonial Spanish American literature and history; the nineteenth-century origins of Hispanism in the United States; manuscript culture and textual transmission in colonial Spanish America.
Adorno’s most recent books are Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction, which will appear shortly from the Oxford University Press; De Guancane a Macondo: estudios de literatura hispanoamericana (Sevilla: Renacimiento, 2008), and The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative (Yale University Press, 2007), which was awarded the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize by the Modern Language Association.
Adorno’s three-volume study, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca: His Account, His Life, and the Expedition of Pánfilo de Narváez (1999), co-authored with Patrick C. Pautz, received prizes from the American Historical Association, the Western Historical Association, and the New England Council on Latin American Studies.
Her other works in colonial Spanish American literary and cultural history include Guaman Poma: Writing and Resistance in Colonial Peru; La obra de don Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala; Guaman Poma and his Illustrated Chronicle from Colonial Peru; and New Studies of the Autograph Manuscript of Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala's Nueva corónica y buen gobierno, and studies of the manuscripts of Fray Martín de Murúa (with Ivan Boserup).
Adorno is the editor of From Oral to Written Expression: Native Andean Chronicles of the Early Colonial Period;Transatlantic Encounters: Europeans and Andeans in the Sixteenth Century (with Kenneth J. Andrien); The Narrative of Cabeza de Vaca (with Patrick C. Pautz); and the print and digital editions of Guaman Poma’s Nueva corónica y buen gobierno (with John V. Murra and Jorge L. Urioste).
She has held fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She holds an honorary professorship at La Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and is an Honorary Associate of the Hispanic Society of America.
In November, 2009, she was appointed to a five-year term on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr. Adorno's visit is a part of the EIU Center for the Humanities 2013-2014 series of speakers under the heading, Authenticity
10/07 | 5:00 pm