Beth E. Jörgensen
Professor of Spanish
PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison
Twentieth-century Spanish-American literature with an emphasis on Mexico; women writers; theory and practice of literary nonfiction; Mexican chronicle, disability studies
422 Lattimore Hall
Beth Jörgensen’s research has focused primarily on Mexican literature of the twentieth century. Her book on the writing of Elena Poniatowska was the first comprehensive study of the work of this influential Mexican author. The co-edited volume The Contemporary Mexican Chronicle: Theoretical Perspectives on the Liminal Genre brings together reflections on the practice of chronicle writing by prominent Mexican journalists and critical and theoretical studies by scholars in the field. Her study of nonfiction literature, published as Documents in Crisis: Nonfiction Literatures in Twentieth-Century Mexico, encompasses the genres of autobiography, memoir, historical essay, testimonio, chronicle, nonfiction, novel, and ethnographic life writing, and examines both canonical and marginalized texts from 20th-Century Mexico. Her current research engages the theories arising from disability studies in order to explore the representations of disability in Mexican literature and culture. It looks at fiction written by authors who do not claim a disability identity, and at diverse forms of writing (life-writing, blogging, poetry, fiction) created by or in collaboration with persons with disabilities.
- Documents in Crisis: Nonfiction Literatures in Twentieth-Century Mexico. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. 2011.
- The Writing of Elena Poniatowska: Engaging Dialogues. Austin: U Texas P, 1994.
- Guest Co-editor with Margarita Vargas (University at Buffalo). “Twenty-Five Years of Scholarship by Feministas Unidas: Positions on Gender, Writing, Ethnicity, Identity and Mother/Sisterhood,” a special issue of Letras Femeninas 32.1 (Summer 2006).
- Co-editor with Ignacio Corona. The Contemporary Mexican Chronicle: Theoretical Perspectives on the Liminal Genre. Albany: State University of New York P, 2002.
- A new rendition of the E. Munguía, Jr. translation of Los de abajo by Mariano Azuela, and accompanying notes, published as The Underdogs. New York: Random House, 2002.
- “Rossana Reguillo: Deconstructing the Culture of Fear.” In The Boom Femenino in Mexico: Reading Contemporary Women’s Writing. Nuala Finnegan and Jane E. Lavery, editors. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 131-148
- “Jorge Ramos Reads North from South.” In Mexico Reading the United States. Mary L. Long and Linda D. Egan, editors. Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 2009. 278-95.
- “Actos de atención: Intersecciones en el pensamiento social de Weil, Castellanos y Poniatowska.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 31.3 (Spring 2007): 413-29.
- “Making History: Subcomandante Marcos in the Mexican Chronicle.” South Central Review, 21.3 (Fall 2004): 85-106. Special issue on Mexican Literature.
- “Speaking from the Soapbox: Benita Galeana’s Benita.” Latin American Literary Review. 28.55 (2000): 46-66.
- “Light-Writing: Biography and Photography in Elena Poniatowska’s Tinísima.” The Other Mirror: Women’s Narrative in Mexico, 1980-1995. Ed. Kristine Ibsen. Westport, CT: Greenwood P, 1997. 57-72.
- “Margo Glantz: Tongue in Hand.” Reinterpreting the Spanish American Essay: Studies of 19th and 20th Century Women’s Essays. Ed. Doris Meyer. Austin: U Texas P, 1995. 188-196.
- “Framing Questions: The Role of the Editor in La noche de Tlatelolco.” Latin American Perspectives 18.3 (Summer 1991): 80-90.
- “La intertextualidad en La noche de Tlatelolco de Elena Poniatowska.” Hispanic Journal 10.2 (Spring 1989): 81-93
Literatures and cultures of Spanish America from the period of independence to the present. Women writers, nonfiction literatures, fiction, theater, poetry.
- Introduction to Spanish American Literature, 1800-Present
- Facing Facts: Nonfiction Literature in 20th-Century Spanish America
- Identity Signs: Spanish American Coming of Age Stories
- Contemporary Spanish American Women Writers
- Twentieth-Century Spanish American Fiction
- Twentieth-Century Spanish American Theater and Poetry
Honors and Activities
- Editorial Board for Ambitos Feministas. Revista Crítica Multidisciplinaria de la Coalición Feministas Unidas (Modern Language Association Allied Organization)
- Editorial Board for Textos Híbridos: Revista de Estudios sobre la Crónica Latinoamericana
- Past president of Feministas Unidas. Past president of Iota of New York of Phi Beta Kappa.