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Inmaculada Lara-Bonilla

Director of Programming at La Casita Cultural Center

Research and Teaching Interests

Lara-Bonilla specializes in feminist theory and contemporary Latina and trans-American literature, with an emphasis on autobiographical writing by women authors in the last few decades of the 20th century. Her work in autobiographical texts published after the liberation and nationalist movements of the 1960s and 1970s has focused particularly on establishing connections between the literature of the “I” by Chicana and Puerto Rican diaspora authors and contemporary theories of identity, including feminist theories of gender, sexual, racial and ethnic identity. Her articles and book chapters include topics such as the negotiation of Puerto Rican immigrant and diasporic identities, the revision of Chicano culturalist discourses from a gender perspective, gender conformance and familism in women’s writing, authorial figures, intimacy and the body, and the role of experience and agency in autobiographical writing. Her work analyses texts written by Latin American and Latina authors such as Cherrie Moraga, Gloria Anzaldua, Judith Ortiz Cofer, and Rosario Morales and Aurora Levins Morales. Currently, her research explores the interconnections between literature -and other forms of self-expression-, cultural agency, and cultural rights in the contexts of cultural invisibility or migration.


SPA 301 Approaches to Reading Texts
SPA 302 Advanced Language Usage
SPA 321 Introduction to Spanish Literature
SPA 322 Introduction to Latin American Literature
SPA 470 20th Century Latin American Fiction
SPA 400 Textual Legacies/ Creative Writing in Spanish
LIT/WGS/LLAS 300 Gender and Identity in Latina Women’s Writing
SPA 600 Autobiography and Memoir in Latin American Women’s Writing


• Ph.D., Latino Studies/ Comparative Literature, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2009,
Magna cum Laude)
• M.A., Latin American and Spanish Literature, Temple University (1997)
• B.A., English and Comparative Literature, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1993, with


• Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, 2007-
• La Casita Cultural Center Project Coordinator, Syracuse University, 2008-present.
• Latino/Latin American Studies Program Faculty Associate, 2005- present.
• Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Hispanic Studies, Oberlin College, 2006.
• Research Fellow, Real Colegio Complutense, (Teaching Fellow, Department of Romance
Languages Harvard University, 2006.
• Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics,
Syracuse University, 2005.
• Syracuse University Madrid Center faculty 2002-2004.
• Adjunct Professor, University of Southern California in Spain, 2004.
• Visiting Faculty in Spanish, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse
University, 2001-2.
• Lecturer, St. Josheph’s University, 1996-7.
• Lecturer, Villanova University, 1996-7.


First Book (Forthcoming) Notions of Identity: Chicana and Puerto Rican Diaspora Autobiography as Feminist Theoretical Intervention, 1981-1990.

Second Book