Dr. Carmen E. Lamas is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. She is also Director of the Hispanic Institute. Before coming to La Salle University in 2012, Dr. Lamas was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish at Amherst College and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University.
Dr. Lamas’ book project, titled Transamerican Trajectories: Race, Genre and La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre in 19th- and Early-20th-Century Cuban Literature (in progress), investigates the ways in which literary depictions of Cuba’s patron saint are in fact depositories of history in which race is negotiated via the competing nationalist projects of the day. Tracing the U.S. American, European, and Latin American experiences of a range of cosmopolitan Cuban authors, her book examines the ways in which race and genre are intimately related and shaped by transamerican and transatlantic influences.
Areas of Expertise
- 19th-century Latin American literature and culture
- U.S. Latina/o literature and culture
- Transamerican literature
- Cultural studies
- Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
- M.A., Georgetown University
- B.A., Florida State University
- BLS511 Literatures and Cultures of Puerto Rico I
- BLS512 Literatures and Cultures of Puerto Rico II
- SPN 480 Perfumed Margins: Representations of Women in Nineteenth-Century Latin America Literature
- SPN508 Workshop/Symposium: Latino Studies and Latino Communities
- SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish
- SPN 202 Intermediate Spanish
2014 “Nineteenth-Century Latino Literature” (Forthcoming) Oxford University Press Bibliographies. New York: Oxford UP, 2014 (Peer Reviewed).
2013 “The Black Lector and Martín Morúa Delgado’s Sofia (1891) and La familia Unzúazu (1901)” (Under Peer Review).
2012 “Race and the Critical Trajectory of Espejo de Paciencia (1608, 1838) in the Nineteenth Century.” Latin American Research Review 47.1 (Spring 2012): 115-135 (Peer Reviewed).
2008 “Americanized-criollos: Latina/o Figures in Late-Nineteenth-Century Cuban Literature.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 61.1 (2008): 69-87 (Peer Reviewed).
2005 “The Cuban Revolution.” Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics. Ed. M. Keith Booker. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005.
Transamerican Trajectories: Race, Genre and the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, in Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Cuban Literature (In progress).
2014 “Raimundo Cabrera’s New York Rendition of the Cuban War Memoir.” Imagining Latina/o Studies, Past, Present, and Future. The International Latina/o Studies Conference. Chicago, IL (July 17-19, 2014) (Submission Pending)
2014 “Intimate Relations: Race and Nineteenth-Century Transamerican Cuban Literature.” College Language Association Conference. New Orleans, LA (March 26-29, 2014)
2013 Roundtable: “Latina/o Coalitions.” Latin American Studies Association Conference. Washington, DC (May 30-June 2, 2013) 2012 “The Black Lector and Martín Morúa Delgado’s Sofía (1891) and La familia Unzúazu (1901).” Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference. University of Houston. Houston, Texas (October 19-20, 2012)
2011 “Martín Morúa Delgado and Cuba’s Adulterous Future.” 25th Annual MELUS Conference: Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (April 7-10, 2011)
2010 “Race and the Critical Trajectory of Espejo de Paciencia (1608, 1838) in the Nineteenth Century.” The CSER Symposium. Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. Columbia University, New York City, NY (April 30, 2010) (By invitation)
2008 “ ‘Soneto criollo de la tierra’ ”: The Historical/Social Context of Espejo de paciencia (1608, 1838).” A Changing Cuba in a Changing World. International Symposium. Bildner Center: CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, NY (March 12-14, 2008) (By invitation)
2000 “Elián González and the Cuban Dream of National Unification.” Interpretation of Dreams International Conference. University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus, Minneapolis, MN (October 2000)
October 2012 Interviewed by Provost Joseph Marbach for Academic Matters on La Salle TV
- ALARA Afro-Latin American Research Association
- American Studies Association
- American Translators Association
- C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists
- College Language Association
- Latin American Studies Association
- Modern Language Association