Beth E. Jörgensen
Professor of Spanish
PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison
Twentieth-century Spanish-American literature with an emphasis on Mexico; women writers; theory and practice of literary nonfiction; Mexican chronicle, disability studies
422 Lattimore Hall
Beth Jörgensen’s research has focused primarily on Mexican literature of the twentieth century. Her book on the writing of Elena Poniatowska was the first comprehensive study of the work of this influential Mexican author. The co-edited volume The Contemporary Mexican Chronicle: Theoretical Perspectives on the Liminal Genre brings together reflections on the practice of chronicle writing by prominent Mexican journalists and critical and theoretical studies by scholars in the field. Her study of nonfiction literature, published as Documents in Crisis: Nonfiction Literatures in Twentieth-Century Mexico, encompasses the genres of autobiography, memoir, historical essay, testimonio, chronicle, nonfiction novel, and ethnographic life writing, and examines both canonical and marginalized texts from 20th-Century Mexico. Her current research engages the theories arising from disability studies in order to explore the representations of disability in Mexican literature and culture. It looks at fiction written by authors who do not claim a disability identity, and at diverse forms of writing (life-writing, blogging, poetry, fiction) created by or in collaboration with persons with disabilities. Her co-edited volume Libre Acceso: Latin American Literature and Film through Disability Studies (2016) offers a comprehensive introduction and thirteen original essays in this emerging field in Latin American studies.
- Co-editor with Susan Antebi. Libre Acceso: Latin American Literature and Film through Disability Studies. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016.
- Documents in Crisis: Nonfiction Literatures in Twentieth-Century Mexico. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2011.
- The Writing of Elena Poniatowska: Engaging Dialogues. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1994.
- Guest Co-editor with Margarita Vargas (University at Buffalo). “Twenty-Five Years of Scholarship by Feministas Unidas: Positions on Gender, Writing, Ethnicity, Identity and Mother/Sisterhood,” a special issue of Letras Femeninas 32.1 (Summer 2006).
- Co-editor with Ignacio Corona. The Contemporary Mexican Chronicle: Theoretical Perspectives on the Liminal Genre. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002.
- A new rendition of the E. Munguía, Jr. translation of Los de abajo by Mariano Azuela, and accompanying notes, published as The Underdogs. New York: Random House, 2002.
- “Teaching Gaby Brimmer: A Disability Studies Approach.” Diálogo 17.1 (Spring 2014): 13–31.
- “Chronicle and Diary, Politics and Self-portrait in Elena Poniatowska’s Amanecer en el Zócalo.” Textos Híbridos: Revista de Estudios sobre la Crónica Latinoamericana 2.1 (July 2012): n.pag. Web.
- “Rossana Reguillo: Deconstructing the Culture of Fear.” In The Boom Femenino in Mexico: Reading Contemporary Women’s Writing. Nuala Finnegan and Jane E. Lavery, editors. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 131–48
- “Jorge Ramos Reads North from South.” In Mexico Reading the United States. Mary L. Long and Linda D. Egan, editors. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2009. 278–95.
- “Actos de atención: Intersecciones en el pensamiento social de Weil, Castellanos y Poniatowska.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 31.3 (Spring 2007): 413–29.
- “Making History: Subcomandante Marcos in the Mexican Chronicle.” South Central Review, 21.3 (Fall 2004): 85–106. Special issue on Mexican Literature.
- “Speaking from the Soapbox: Benita Galeana’s Benita.” Latin American Literary Review. 28.55 (2000): 46–66.
- “Light-Writing: Biography and Photography in Elena Poniatowska’s Tinísima.” The Other Mirror: Women’s Narrative in Mexico, 1980–1995. Ed. Kristine Ibsen. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997. 57–72.
- “Margo Glantz: Tongue in Hand.” Reinterpreting the Spanish American Essay: Studies of 19th and 20th Century Women’s Essays. Ed. Doris Meyer. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995. 188–196.
- “Framing Questions: The Role of the Editor in La noche de Tlatelolco.” Latin American Perspectives 18.3 (Summer 1991): 80–90.
- “La intertextualidad en La noche de Tlatelolco de Elena Poniatowska.” Hispanic Journal 10.2 (Spring 1989): 81–93
Literatures and cultures of Spanish America from the period of independence to the present. Women writers, nonfiction literatures, fiction, theater, poetry. Disability Studies.
- Introduction to Spanish American Literature, 1800–Present
- Facing Facts: Nonfiction Literature in 20th-Century Spanish America
- Identity Signs: Spanish American Coming of Age Stories
- Contemporary Spanish American Women Writers
- Twentieth-Century Spanish American Fiction
- Twentieth-Century Spanish American Theater and Poetry
- Disability Studies: Rethinking Difference and Diversity
Honors and Activities
- Prize for Best Book on Mexico in the Humanities for 2010–2011, awarded by the Mexico Section of the Latin American Studies Association for Documents in Crisis: Nonfiction Literatures in Twentieth-Century Mexico
- Chair, Board on Academic Honesty in the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering
- Member of the Executive Committee, Mexican Forum of the Modern Language Association, 2013–2017
- Editorial Board for Ambitos Feministas. Revista Crítica Multidisciplinaria de la Coalición Feministas Unidas (Modern Language Association Allied Organization)
- Editorial Board for Textos Híbridos: Revista de Estudios sobre la Crónica Latinoamericana
- Past president of Feministas Unidas. Past president of Iota of New York of Phi Beta Kappa.