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Mario A. Ortiz

 

Associate Provost for International Affairs
Associate Professor of Spanish


McMahon Hall
202-319-5240 
E-mail: Ortizm@cua.edu
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 EDUCATION:

Dr. Mario A. Ortiz is Member Correspondent of the North American Academy of Spanish Language (ANLE). He received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University, where he also completed all the doctoral coursework in musicology. He has a Master's degree in music history from the University of Houston, and a B.A. in music and sociology from Grinnell College. He also completed undergraduate studies in the University of Costa Rica, his native country, as a piano major.
 
RESEARCH & TEACHING:
His research focuses primarily on Latin American colonial and transatlantic studies, and the relationship between literature and music. Other major areas of research and teaching interest are postcolonial studies; Mexican, Central American and Latino literatures and cultures; and popular music of the Hispanic world. His undergraduate courses include: Spanish for Heritage Speakers; US Latino/a Literature, Film and Music; Performing US Latino/a Identity; Globalization, Multiculturalism and Immigration; and Latin/o American Popular Song: Socio-Political Movements. Some of his graduate courses are: Early Modern Female Conventual Culture; The Mexican Conquest: European and Indigenous Accounts; Aesthetics of the Encounter: Exploration and Conquest of Latin America; Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz and the Mexican Colonial Baroque; Colonial Women: From Early Modern to Postmodern Icons; and Central American Testimonial Tradition.
 
PUBLICATIONS:
 
Book, Editions, and Special Volume:
 
Sor Juana en Guatemala: Musicalizaciones de villancicos de Rafael Antonio Castellanos con textos de sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. In progress.
 
La musa y la melopea: La música en el mundo conventual, la vida y el pensamiento de sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Mexico: Editorial de la Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana. Forthcoming.
 
La autobiografía espiritual de la Madre María de San José. Ed. Mario A. Ortiz. With the collaboration of Kathleen Myers and Amanda Powell. Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta—Hispanic Monographs, 2011. 195 pp.
 
Representaciones modernas de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Ed. Mario A. Ortiz. Special Volume of Cuadernos de música, artes visuales y artes escénicas / Journal of Music, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts. 4.1-2 (2008-2009). 317 pp.
 
Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
 
“Sor Juana en Guatemala: Villancicos sorjuaninos en la Catedral de Guatemala”. Música, literatura y baile. Mérida, México: Dirección de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Mérida, University of California Mexicanistas: Forthcoming.
 
“La canción popular como texto cultural: El caso de ‘Plástico’ de Rubén Blades.” Revista de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española 1 (2012): Forthcoming.
 
“El subtexto musical en Tren nocturno a Georgia de María Luisa Medina.” Studi Ispanici 37 (2012): 317-28.
 
“Mysticism and Early Modern Musical Cosmological Paradigms.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Teresa of Avila and the Spanish Mystics. Ed. Alison Weber. Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series. New York: MLA, 2009. 247-57.
 
“Sor Juana en El Niño de John Adams y Óyeme con los ojos de Allison Sniffin.” Cuadernos de música, artes visuales y artes escénicas / Journal of Music, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts. 4.1-2 (2008-2009): 207-34.
 
“Musical Settings of Sor Juana’s Works and Music in Works of Sor Juana.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Ed. Emilie Bergmann and Stacey Schlau. Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series. New York: MLA, 2007. 238-46.
 
“La musa y el melopeo: Los diálogos transatlánticos entre Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz y Pietro Cerone.” Hispanic Review 75.3 (2007): 243-64.
 
“Villancicos de negrilla: Imaginando al sujeto afro-colonial.”Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry 11.2 (2006): 125-37.
 
“Euterpe en los conventos femeninos novohispanos.” Aproximaciones a Sor Juana. Ed. Sandra Lorenzano. México: Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana; Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2005. 239-51.
 
“‘Yo, (¿) soy quien soy (?)’: La mujer en hábito de comedia en Valor, agravio y mujer.” Metafictional Crossings. Special Issue of Vanderbilt e-Journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies 2 (2005): <http://ejournals.library.vanderbilt.edu/lusohispanic/>.
 
“Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Bibliography.” Hispania 86.3 (2003): 431-62.