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

Curriculum Vitae


Research/ Teaching Interests

  • Black Atlantic, 18thand 19thcenturies, Spain, Santo Domingo and Cuba
  • Slavery and Resistance in Literature and the Law
  • 18th-19thand 20thCenturies Literatures, Spain
  • Creative Writing, memoir project
  • Spanish for Court Interpretation

Current Positions

  • Coordinator of the Afro-Latin American/Latinx Studies Project at UNCG, 2019
  • Co-editor of International Poetry Review, 2019

Personal Statement

My current research project Black Atlantic: Criollo Writing in the Spanish Archive 1770-1821 dialogues with existing discussions around the contributions of Afro descendants to the intellectual, legal, and military culture of the Black Atlantic in the 18thcentury. I have studied how depicting the slave as a “poor, wretched soul” expanded Santo Domingo’s High Court of Justice’s power over the enslaved, while at the same time, it opened a space for the enslaved to use the law in pursuit of dignity and freedom. In eighteenth-century Santo Domingo, Afro-descendant priest Antonio Sanchez Valverde, without questioning the centrality of slave labor for economic prosperity, responded to the 1784 Código negro carolino(Black code)’s criminalization of free blacks as vagrants by defending their cultural, military and economic contribution to the island’s history. Members of late eighteenth-century Cuba’s privileged but racialized militias, the so-called pardos, also claimed power under conditions of oppression—notably, the era’s system of racial classification. I follow the case of two determined militiamen who, in search of recognition and money, petitioned the court over and over, making arguments that ultimately proved intolerably subversive.

While exploring the Black Atlantic, I continue to work on the literary production of eighteenth-and-nineteenth-century Spain. My latest work explores the micro aggressions surrounding representations of the eighteenth-century working class female prototype, in the one-act plays (sainete) by playwright Ramon de la Cruz.Reading these plays intersectaionally helps me place the maja at the juncture of different interlocking systems of control.

For the last three years I have pursue the creative part of writing, which has resulted in a couple of publications: http://www.seattleescribe.org/la-fuerza-de-la-sangre-ana-hontanilla/and http://www.larompedora.com/ensayos/lenguaje-conocimiento-y-realidad-en-satin-island/

Finally, I am in the process of becoming a certified court interpreter in the State of North Carolina, with the hope to provide basic instruction on Spanish language for the legal profession.


Selected Professional Achievements

External Funding:

  • Five-month fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, 2013
  • One-month fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago in 2015

Publications:

  • Book chapter:“Construcción cultural del ‘vago’ en la España del siglo XVIII: la ociosidad en el proyectismoeconómico, la ley y el melodrama finisecular” in Ocio y Ociosidad en el siglo XVIII español e italiano. Analecta Romanica. Eds. Robert Fajen and Andreas Gelz. Fráncfort: Vittorio Klostermann, 2017: 281-297.
  • Conference proceeding: “The Literary Scholar in the Historic Archive” in Dieciocho2 (Fall 2016): 314-320.
  •  Referee essay:“La figura del vagoen la España ilustrada” inRevista de Estudios Hispánicos50.2 (June 2016): 509-531.
  • Referee essay: “Sentiment and the Law: Inventing the Category of the Wretched Slave in the Real Audienciade Santo Domingo, 1783-1812” in Eighteenth Century Studies48.2 (January 2015): 181-200.
  • Book chapter: reprint of “El Pensadory el sistema de exclusionesel 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.
  • Book review: Armona y Murga, José Antonio de. Noticias privadas de casa útiles para mis hijos. Eds. Álvarez Barrientos, Joaquín, José María Imízcoz, and Yolanda Aranburuzabala. Gijón: Ediciones Trea, 2012 in Dieciocho36.1 (Spring 2013): 152-153.
  • Book:El gusto de la razón. Debates de arte y moral en el siglo XVIII español. Madrid: Iberoamericana/Verbuert, 2010.
  • Referee essay:“Disección anatómica de la imaginación y la moda en el ensayo 54 del El Censor” (Dissection of Imagination and Fashion in Essay Number 54 ofEl Censor) in Revista Hispánica Moderna62.1 (June 2009): 57-76.
  • Referee essay: “Images of Barbaric Spain in Eighteenth-Century British Travel Writing” in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture37 (March 2008): 119-43.

Lectures:

  • “Maja’s Labors Lost” in Interdisciplinary Conference Protagonist of Productionat the Universität Münster, Germany, November 2019.
  • “Espacio dividido y producción de valor enIdea del valor de la isla española(1785)de Antonio Sánchez Valverde” in Asymmetric Natures International Workshop, Universität Osnabrück, Germany, December, 2018.
  • “Creole Writing in the Eighteenth-Century Hispanic Archive,” Week-long Summer School “What does Slavery Mean? (XV-XXI Centuries),” École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques in Casa de Velázquez and Université de Nantes; Institut d’études avancées de Nantes, France, 2018
  • “África en las Américas,” Universidad de Adolfo Ibáñez, Santiago de Chile November, 2017.
  • “Santo Domingo en el siglo XVIII: relación entre la jerarquía racial y la epistemología”in IV Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Españolas Contemporáneas,Universidad Nacional de La Plata, November 2017

Conference Presentations:

  • “History, Honor, and Race in the Afro-Cuban Archive” Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Boston, 2019.
  • “Sánchez Valverde: Afro-Dominican Resistance in 1785,” Bicentennial Dominican Studies Association Conference, Hostos Community College, NYC, November, 2018.
  • “Santo Domingo en el Siglo XVIII: relación entre la jerarquía racial y la epistemología” Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Lima 2017.
  • “Libertad e imperio en el XVIII español” Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas (AIH), University of Münster 2016.
  • “The Literary Scholar in the Historic Archive” Roundtable 47thAnnual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Pittsburgh 2016.
  • “ ‘El Rey no se cansa de socorrer las miserias de los desdichados’: Pobreza y caridad ilustradas,” 131stModern Language Association (MLA), Vancouver 2015.
  • “A Former French Slave Joined the Spanish Nation: George Biassou and His Fight for Honor,” 45thAnnual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Williamsburg 2014.