People

Ana Hontanilla

Ph.D., Associate Professor of Spanish

336.334.5655
amhontan@uncg.edu


Education

Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Washington University in Saint Louis, 2002
M.A. in Hispanic Literature, The Ohio State University, Columbus, 1995.
Licenciatura en Derecho University Complutense, Madrid (Spain), 1991.


Research/ Teaching Interests

  • 18th and 19th century Spanish Atlantic, Race and Empire
  • Slavery, Abolition and Resistance
  • Political and Moral Philosophy
  • Aesthetics Theory
  • Literature and History
  • Literature and the Law
  • Literature and the visual

Personal Statement

My research interests expanded from 18th and 19th Century Spain to 18th and 19th Century Spanish Atlantic. El gusto de la razón. Debates de arte y moral en el siglo XVIII español (2010) examines disputes around consumption and society, and the role of “good taste” in connection with disciplinary processes of subject formations in late 18th-century Spain.

A five-month fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University in 2013, and a one-month fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago in 2015 allowed me to work on my new book project, The Wretched and the Vagrant in the Hispanic Atlantic (1770-1821) (In progress). As Bourbon labor reforms sought to undermine Creole influence in the New World, struggles around the semantics of race took place in the Spanish empire. The book investigates the link between ideas of race and the policing of the vagrant, revealing how Creoles of African descent in late 18th-century Cuba and Santo Domingo (present-day Dominican Republic) contested authorities’ efforts to label them as deviant.


Selected Professional Achievements

Publications:

  • “La figura del vago en la España ilustrada” in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 50.2 (June 2016): 509-531.
  •  “Sentiment and the Law: Inventing the Category of the Wretched Slave in the Real Audiencia de Santo Domingo, 1783-1812” in Eighteenth Century Studies 48.2 (January 2015): 181-200.
  • “Disección anatómica de la imaginación y la moda en el ensayo 54 del El Censor” (Dissection of Imagination and Fashion in Essay Number 54 of El Censor) in Revista Hispánica Moderna 62.1 (June 2009): 57-76.
  •  “Images of Barbaric Spain in Eighteenth-Century British Travel Writing” in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture37 (March 2008): 119-43.
  •  “The Airy and the Irrational: Elaborating on the Meanings of the Petimetra from a Selection of Goya’s Caprichosand the Spanish Periodical El Censor” in Decimonónica 5.1 (Winter 2008): 48-70.
  • “Hermafroditismo y anomalía cultural en Mi querida señorita” (Hermaphrodite and Cultural Anomalies in My dear Lady) in Letras Hispanas 3.1 (Spring 2006): 113-22
  •  “El Pensador y el sistema de exclusiones del espacio público ilustrado” (The Thinker and its System of Exclusions From the Enlightened Public Space) in Dieciocho 27.2 (Fall 2004): 365-82.

Book Chapters Published:

  • Reprint of “El Pensador y el sistema de exclusiones el espacio público ilustrado” in Francisco Mariano Nipho. El nacimiento de la prensa y de la crítica literaria periodística en la España del siglo XVIII. Eds. José María Maestre Maestre, Manuel Antonio Díaz Gito, Alberto Romero Ferrer. Madrid: Instituto de Estudios Hispánicos and CSIC, 2015: 277-284.
  • Reprint of “The Airy and the Irrational: Elaborating on the Meanings of the Petimetra from a Selection of Goya’s Caprichos and the Spanish Periodical El Censor” in Word and Image in the Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Eds. Christina Ionescu and Renata Schellenberg. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009: 55-80.

Conference Proceedings Published:

  • “The Literary Scholar in the Historic Archive” in Dieciocho 39.2  (Fall 2016): 314-320.
  • “Una aproximación teórica a las habilidades y placeres del gusto en conexión con los espacios de comunicación social de la España del silgo XVIII” in Ilustración en el mundo hispánico: preámbulo de las independencias. Eds. Milena Koprivitza Acuña, Manuel Ramos Medina, María Cristina Torales Pacheco, Sabino Yano. Gobierno del estado de Tlaxcala: Tlaxcala, 2009: 37-60.
  • “British Travel Writing in Eighteenth-Century Spain” in L’idée d’Europe au XVIIIe siècle. Actes du Séminaire international des jeunes dix-huitiémistes. Gênes, 24-29 octobre 2005. Ed. Lara Picardo. Paris: Honoré Champion Éditeur, 2009: 159-81.
  • “La crítica de la moda y el gusto en la esfera pública del dieciocho” in Redes y espacios de opinión pública. XII Encuentro de la Ilustración al Romanticismo 1750-1850, Cádiz, Europa y América ante la modernidad. Marieta Cantos Casenave ed. Cádiz: U Cádiz, 2006: 231-35.

Recent Presentations:

  • “Libertad e imperio en el XVIII español” Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas, University of Münster 2016
  • “The Literary Scholar in the Historic Archive” Roundtable 47th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Pittsburgh 2016
  • “ ‘El Rey no se cansa de socorrer las miserias de los desdichados’: Pobreza y caridad ilustradas,” 131st Modern Language Association, Vancouver 2015.
  • “A Former French Slave Joined the Spanish Nation: George Biassou and His Fight for Honor,” 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Williamsburg 2014.
  • “Praise and Blame in the Creative Imagination of a Slave,” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, University of Virginia 2013.
  • “After Slavery: The Problem of Freedom and Color in 1812,” Hispanic Transatlantic Studies. An Interdisciplinary Symposium, Wake Forest Univ. 2012.
  • “Two Moreno Soldiers Seek their Rights: Legal Battles after the War,” The VI Transatlantic Studies Conference Transatlantic Poetics, Brown University 2012.
  • “Natural rights: Benevolence and Politics in The Sensitive Black Slave by Luciano María Comella,” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Pitzer College 2011.
  • “The purchase of freedom and resentment in The Sensitive Black Slave by Comella,” 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vancouver 2011.