Dr. Marion Christina Rohrleitner
After graduating with a PhD in English from The University of Notre Dame, I joined UTEP as Assistant Professor in Fall 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. I teach courses on twentieth and twenty-first century American literatures, with special attention to Chicanx and Latinx literatures and cultures, the Caribbean diaspora, literature of the Americas, and world literature. As an immigrant who grew up near the Austrian-Italian border and as a scholar whose main research interests include Latinx literatures, translation, affect and queer theory, and the relationship between ethnic American literature, historiography, and visual culture, I am excited to live in the US-Mexico borderlands and work with students whose daily lives are characterized by multiple border crossings.
My interdisciplinary collection, Dialogues Across Diasporas: Women Writers, Scholars, and Activists of Africana and Latina Descent in Conversation, co-edited with Sarah E. Ryan, was published by Lexington Books in December 2012 (shorturl.at/ghx24). Haitian Revolutionary Fictions, co-authored and co-edited with Marlene L. Daut and Gregory Pierrot, is dedicated to the translation and contextualization of French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, English and US-American responses to the Haitian Revolution published between 1787 and 1899 and is forthcoming with the University of Virginia Press in early October 2021. I am currently completing Transnational Latinidades, a monograph focused on theorizing and understanding the politics and poetics of translating contemporary Latinx literatures in the European Union. Part of this work in progress was published in Symbolism.
My scholarship has also been published in American Quarterly, Antípodas, Callaloo, El Mundo Zurdo, Latino Studies, MELUS, The European Journal of American Studies, and The Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies. Examples of recent scholarly essays are "Refusing the Referendum: Queer Latino Masculinities and Utopian Citizenship in Justin Torres’ We the Animals" and "Undocumented Magic: Magical Realism as ‘Aesthetic Turbulence’ in Salvador Plascencia’s The People of Paper." My next book project looks at poetry and performance art on the border as an expression of "radical hope" in response to systemic racism, environmental injustice, and dehumanizing immigration policies.
I have presented my research at the annual conferences of the ASA, ACLA, LASA, MELUS, MESEA and International MLA, and I am a member of the MLA's Latina and Latino Forum Executive Committee. At UTEP I teach courses in American Literature (1865 to the present), American Fiction 1945 to the Present, Chicanx Literature, Caribbean Literature, African American Literature, Literature and Film, World literature, and Literature of the Americas.
*Listen to my co-editor Dr. Marlene L. Daut's interview on our book Haitian Revolutionary Fictions
Hudspeth Hall 321